Monday, May 30, 2011

'Yemeni Army Kills 20 Protesters In Taiz' - 30th May 2011

Yemeni forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh have shot dead at least 20 people and wounded hundreds more when they opened fire on protesters in the second-largest city of Taiz, sources said.

A Reuters photographer at the scene on Sunday said police fired live ammunition, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse demonstrators protesting outside a municipal building.

"At least 20 protesters have been killed," a protest organiser told AFP.

The demonstrators in the southern city had been demanding the release of a fellow protester who was arrested on May 28.

The clashes took place near Freedom Square where thousands of anti-government protesters have been camping since January to demand Mr Saleh's overthrow.

Police set two tents on fire in the square and protesters hurled petrol bombs and rocks at police.

Meanwhile, in the capital Sanaa, seven explosions were heard on Sunday night in the district of Hasaba, the scene of week-long fighting between Mr Saleh's forces and a rival tribe in which 115 people were killed, residents said.

There were no immediate details on the explosions, which appeared to have partially breached a truce between government forces and the powerful Hashed tribe led by Sadeq al-Ahmar in the bloodiest fighting this year.

Mr Ahmar condemned what he described as "Saleh's new massacre" against civilians in Taiz, however earlier on Sunday his men handed back control of a government building to mediators as part of a ceasefire deal. Read More