SANAA, March 22 Yemen's President Ali Abdullah
Saleh told army commanders on Tuesday there could be civil war
in the Arabian Peninsula state because of efforts to stage what
he called "coup" against his rule.
"Those who want to climb up to power through coups should
know that this is out of the question. The homeland will not be
stable, there will be a civil war, a bloody war. They should
carefully consider this," he said in a speech before commanders.
Senior army commanders said on Monday they had switched
support to pro-democracy activists who have been protesting for
weeks, demanding that the veteran ruler stand down.
(Reporting by Mohamed Sudam)