18 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Over 30 dead and over 200 wounded after “Security Forces” open fire on protestors in Saana Yemen

Over 30 eight anti-government protesters have been shot dead by Yemeni forces in Sanaa, medics have told the BBC.

Hundreds were wounded when government forces opened fire on a group of protesters gathered near the university, following Friday prayers.

Armed men opened fire from positions on top of nearby buildings, reports said.

Witnesses said the men opened fire on protesters calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to stand down.

Popular revolts

Yemen is one of a number of countries in the region that have seen unrest since the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia were ousted in popular revolts.

Thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in cities including Sanaa, Aden, Taiz and elsewhere, calling for corruption and unemployment to be tackled and demanding the president step down.

The protests have often been met by riot police or supporters of President Saleh armed with knives and batons.

The president has been power for 32 years, facing a separatist movement in the south, a branch of al-Qaeda, and a periodic conflict with Shia tribes in the north.

He has said he will not seek another term in office in 2013 but has vowed to defend his regime “with every drop of blood”.


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