Two more protesters killed in Yemen

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Friday, 08 April 2011


two_killed_in_yemenYemeni security forces have attacked a protest rally in the southern city of Taiz, killing at least two anti-government protesters and injuring several others.

According to the Shiite News,Witnesses said about 200 protesters were injured after security forces fired live bullets and teargas on anti-government demonstrators on Friday.
Some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition. A nine-year old child is also among the injured.

Hospital officials in Taiz say regime forces are firing poisonous gas on protesters.

The attack came as protesters were holding the funeral procession of five anti-government protesters killed earlier in the week in clashes with security forces. They were also calling for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately step down.

Similar anti-Saleh protest rallies were also held in other major Yemeni cities including the capital Sana'a Hodayda, Al-Bayda, Aden, Abyan, Ibb and Hadramout.

Violence in Taiz came shortly after the embattled Yemeni president rejected an exit plan by the six-nation [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council, which invited Saleh and the opposition to a mediation session in Saudi Arabia to end the months-long unrest in Yemen.

Since late January, hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in main Yemeni cities calling for corruption and unemployment to be tackled and demanding President Saleh's ouster.

Protests have been cracked down upon by riot police or the supporters of President Saleh armed with knives and batons.

In a move to appease the opposition, Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years, said he would not seek another term in office in 2013 but has vowed to defend his regime "with every drop of blood."

Protesters rejected his offer, calling it too little too late. They demand his immediate resignation.

According to local sources, at least 300 people have been killed and many others have been injured since the beginning of anti-Saleh demonstrations in the country.

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Some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition. A nine-year old child is also among the injured.

Hospital officials in Taiz say regime forces are firing poisonous gas on protesters.

The attack came as protesters were holding the funeral procession of five anti-government protesters killed earlier in the week in clashes with security forces. They were also calling for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately step down.

Similar anti-Saleh protest rallies were also held in other major Yemeni cities including the capital Sana'a Hodayda, Al-Bayda, Aden, Abyan, Ibb and Hadramout.

Violence in Taiz came shortly after the embattled Yemeni president rejected an exit plan by the six-nation [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council, which invited Saleh and the opposition to a mediation session in Saudi Arabia to end the months-long unrest in Yemen.

Since late January, hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in main Yemeni cities calling for corruption and unemployment to be tackled and demanding President Saleh's ouster.

Protests have been cracked down upon by riot police or the supporters of President Saleh armed with knives and batons.

In a move to appease the opposition, Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years, said he would not seek another term in office in 2013 but has vowed to defend his regime "with every drop of blood."

Protesters rejected his offer, calling it too little too late. They demand his immediate resignation.

According to local sources, at least 300 people have been killed and many others have been injured since the beginning of anti-Saleh demonstrations in the country.

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