The surprise return of President Ali Abdullah Saleh seems only to have tipped the nation further into violent chaos. In the capital city of Sanaa, Yemeni troops attacked unarmed anti-Saleh protesters in Change Square, killing at least 16, reports al-Jazeera. Troops also attacked the headquarters of soldiers who sided with the opposition under the leadership of a general who split with Saleh. At least 11 opposition soldiers were killed in today's assault, reports AP.
Saleh, who returned from Saudi Arabia after recuperating from an assassination attempt, is expected to address the nation tomorrow. His reappearance after many thought he was gone for good raises "big questions over the future of the fractious Arabian Peninsula state," notes al-Jazeera. And the escalating violence was "a worrying indication that conflict between the two sides is far from solved," adds the New York Times.