Tuesday, May 31, 2011

'Yemeni Troops Kill Over 50 Protesters' - 31st May 2011

Yemeni forces have killed over 50 people at an anti-government protest in the city of Taiz since Sunday, according to the UN human rights office.

It says reports indicate hundreds more at the sit-in in Horriya Square have been injured, while dozens of others are unaccounted for.

At least 100 people are believed to have been arrested.

It happened as "Yemeni army, Republican Guards and other government-affiliated elements" destroyed the protest camp using water cannons, bulldozers and live ammunition.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned the attacks and urged all sides to stop using force.

"Such reprehensible acts of violence and indiscriminate attacks on unarmed civilians by armed security officers must stop immediately," he said.

Elsewhere in Yemen, suspected al Qaeda fighters killed four soldiers and wounded 10 in an attack near the southern city of Zinjibar.

The attack was on a military checkpoint less than a mile from Zinjibar, much of which has been taken over by militants.

Witnesses said the fighters also set fire to 10 military vehicles.

A total of 25 Yemeni soldiers have now been killed in clashes with al Qaeda militants in and around Zinjibar, according to the defence ministry. Source