(SANA'A, Yemen) -- The White House released a statement Sunday condemning violence against peaceful protesters in Yemen and Bahrain.
Officials released tear gas on protesters in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a Saturday and Sunday, injuring dozens -- possibly hundreds -- of people. The demonstrators were calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
Saleh has been an important U.S. ally in the fight against the terrorist organization al Qaeda, although his increasingly desperate and brutal reaction to unrest since January has raised international worry.
Sunday's statement from the White House requested that the governments of Yemen and Bahrain "show restraint" and "respect the universal rights of their people."
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