20,000 pro-Saleh supports turn out to Al Tahrir Square in Sana’a Yemen in the mid-day heat for Friday prayers and to show support for the 3-decade ruler. Demonstrations were largely peaceful but 2 were killed by rocket fire in by military at the opposition demonstration. “We only want peace, we only want unity” one protester yells. “We fear what will happen if he [Saleh] leaves”.
Protesters on both sides are frustrated with soaring unemployment in Yemen, where 40 per cent of its 23 million people live on $2 a day or less and a third face chronic hunger.
Half of Yemen's population is armed, and experts worry that as protests continue, sporadic clashes between Saleh loyalists and anti-government demonstrators could evolve into greater violence.