By AHMED AL-HAJ
The Associated Press
July 25, 2011
SANAA, Yemen — A powerful Yemeni tribal leader is warning against attacks on anti-government protesters as hundreds of thousands are rallying in the capital Sanaa and several other cities calling for regime change.
Yemen has been gripped by a six-month political crisis, with near daily street protests demanding longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down.
Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, who joined the uprising against Saleh, warned the army Monday not to attack thousands of students camped out close to Sanaa University.
A youth group says the government is preparing to storm the camp.
A small group of Saleh's supporters, including women and children who live close to the students' camp, demonstrated in front of the presidential palace demanding the camp be emptied out.