Yemen police kill 24 protesters

AFP , Saturday 15 Oct 2011

Yemeni police opened fire on demonstrators in the capital demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday, killing six and wounding dozens

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Anti-government protesters attend a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the central city of Ibb October 14, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Yemeni security forces used live rounds as well as tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse hundreds of thousands of Saleh opponents who were attempting to march on loyalist areas of the city centre from their stronghold in Change Square, witnesses said.

The body of one protester killed by a bullet to the head was taken to a field hospital in the square, along with 90 injured demonstrators, 20 of whom had bullet wounds, medics said, adding that the casualty toll was only preliminary.

The bodies of five more protesters were taken to the privately run Science and Technology Hospital along with dozens of injured, at least 15 of whom had bullet wounds, medics there said.

The clashes erupted on Al-Zubeiri Street which marks the dividing line between parts of the capital held by troops loyal to Saleh and those held by dissident units under the command of General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, who rallied to the opposition in March.

Activists had called on protesters to march on the front lines on Saturday in a bid to bring to a head 10 months of increasingly bloody demonstrations against Saleh's 33-year rule in Sanaa.

The veteran president has refused to step down despite increasingly strident calls for his departure from both Western governments and impoverished Yemen's wealthy Gulf neighbours.

Yemeni security forces used live rounds as well as tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse hundreds of thousands of Saleh opponents who were attempting to march on loyalist areas of the city centre from their stronghold in Change Square, witnesses said.

 

The body of one protester killed by a bullet to the head was taken to a field hospital in the square, along with 90 injured demonstrators, 20 of whom had bullet wounds, medics said, adding that the casualty toll was only preliminary.

The bodies of five more protesters were taken to the privately run Science and Technology Hospital along with dozens of injured, at least 15 of whom had bullet wounds, medics there said.

The clashes erupted on Al-Zubeiri Street which marks the dividing line between parts of the capital held by troops loyal to Saleh and those held by dissident units under the command of General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, who rallied to the opposition in March.

Activists had called on protesters to march on the front lines on Saturday in a bid to bring to a head 10 months of increasingly bloody demonstrations against Saleh's 33-year rule in Sanaa.

The veteran president has refused to step down despite increasingly strident calls for his departure from both Western governments and impoverished Yemen's wealthy Gulf neighbours.

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