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Yemen protesters want President's sons to leave

SANA'A: Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied across Yemen on Sunday, demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh's powerful sons and other members of his inner circle leave the country.

Mr. Saleh is currently in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment for severe wounds he suffered in an attack on his palace early this month. His two sons, Ahmed and Khaled, both command military units and have played a crucial role in protecting their father's regime and keeping his grip on power in his absence.

On Sunday, protesters in the cities Sanaa, Ibb, Taiz and others chanted slogans calling for Mr. Saleh to step down and for his sons and other family members to flee. Some demonstrators shouted “Saleh's orphans have to leave the country.”

Yemen's political crisis began in February with protests by largely peaceful crowds calling for Mr. Saleh's ouster after nearly 33 years in power. A crackdown has killed at least 167 people, according to Human Rights Watch. — AP

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