Abdul-Aziz al-Abdi, a Yemeni citizen convicted of murdering a Jewish man more than two years ago, has escaped from the prison to which he was confined, the Chinese Xinhua news agency reported Friday.
The report says Moshe Yaish-Nahari's killer succeeded in bribing prison guards and escaping with ten additional prisoners.
A local security source said several of the escaped prisoners have since been caught, but that al-Adbi remains at large. The 40-year old man was sentenced to death last summer after his conviction.
Al-Abdi killed Yaish-Nahari on December 11 2009, in the city of Raida in Omran, north of the capital Sana'a. Nahari was a brother of one of the Yemeni Jewish community's top rabbis.
An eyewitness told the court al-Abdi, a former air force pilot, met Nahari in the market and called out a racial slur before firing at him with a Kalashnikov rifle.
Meanwhile anti-government protesters continue to demonstrate in ongoing protests that began in January. The BBC reported clashes between protesters and security forces in the city of Taiz.
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is refusing to step down, held a rally in the capital in which he condemned protesters and clarified that he would not relinquish power.