Back home, Yemeni president calls for cease-fire



SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for a cease-fire after returning to the country, saying the only way out of the crisis is through negotiations.

The statement from Saleh’s office was the first message since his surprise return on Friday to the country from Saudi Arabia, where he has been for more than three months. Saleh was recovering from wounds sustained in a rocket attack on his compound in Sanaa.

In the message, Saleh is also urging political and military figures to a truce. He insists there is no way out of the crisis except through negotiations and talks to end the bloodshed.

Yemen’s turmoil escalated this week with fighting between Saleh loyalists and opponents, leaving nearly 100 killed.