Two more protesters killed in Yemen

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Yemen
Saturday, 26 February 2011


yemen_protestersTwo more pro-democracy protesters have lost their lives during clashes with security forces in the city of Aden in the southern Yemen, medics say.

The deaths bring the number of demonstrators killed during Friday protests in the city to three,Shiite News  reported.
Several protesters also were wounded after Yemeni security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in Aden who demand ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Witnesses say security forces fired tear gas and live bullets as thousands of protesters from several parts of the city marched towards the tightly patrolled Al-Aroob Square in Khor Maksar neighborhood.

The first victim identified as Mohammed Ahmed Saleh, 17, died from gunshot wounds in a hospital in Khor Maksar.

Friday's fatality came after Yemeni officials said on Thursday that President Saleh had ordered security forces to protect protesters.

Security forces also opened fire to disperse protesters in some other parts of Aden and arrested many of the demonstrators.

Protesters want the Yemeni president, who has been in power for three decades, to step down. Mass demonstrations are also being held in other cities across Yemen.

The protesters have dubbed Friday "the beginning of the end" for Saleh's regime, which has been in power since 1978.

In the capital, Sana'a, tens of thousands of protesters poured into a main square near Sana'a University chanting "Out, out!"

Organizers say over 100,000 protesters have attended the demonstration.

Security forces also killed two demonstrators and injured dozens near Sana'a University on Friday.

The Yemeni president has described the pro-democracy protesters that demand his ouster as "elements of a coup.”

In a bid to contain the protests, Saleh announced that he would leave power after his term expires in 2013. He also promised not to hand over power to his son.

He has also pledged to raise the wages of government employees and to provide 60,000 job opportunities for university graduates.

But the concessions seem to have not been enough for the protesters and they still want Saleh to step down.

Since the beginning of demonstrations in Yemen, at least 27 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured in clashes with security forces.

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Several protesters also were wounded after Yemeni security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in Aden who demand ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Witnesses say security forces fired tear gas and live bullets as thousands of protesters from several parts of the city marched towards the tightly patrolled Al-Aroob Square in Khor Maksar neighborhood.

The first victim identified as Mohammed Ahmed Saleh, 17, died from gunshot wounds in a hospital in Khor Maksar.

Friday's fatality came after Yemeni officials said on Thursday that President Saleh had ordered security forces to protect protesters.

Security forces also opened fire to disperse protesters in some other parts of Aden and arrested many of the demonstrators.

Protesters want the Yemeni president, who has been in power for three decades, to step down. Mass demonstrations are also being held in other cities across Yemen.

The protesters have dubbed Friday "the beginning of the end" for Saleh's regime, which has been in power since 1978.

In the capital, Sana'a, tens of thousands of protesters poured into a main square near Sana'a University chanting "Out, out!"

Organizers say over 100,000 protesters have attended the demonstration.

Security forces also killed two demonstrators and injured dozens near Sana'a University on Friday.

The Yemeni president has described the pro-democracy protesters that demand his ouster as "elements of a coup.”

In a bid to contain the protests, Saleh announced that he would leave power after his term expires in 2013. He also promised not to hand over power to his son.

He has also pledged to raise the wages of government employees and to provide 60,000 job opportunities for university graduates.

But the concessions seem to have not been enough for the protesters and they still want Saleh to step down.

Since the beginning of demonstrations in Yemen, at least 27 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured in clashes with security forces.

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