Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Yemeni security forces open fire on protesters

Yemen's security forces have fired at anti-government demonstrators, in the south-western city of Taiz, reportedly killing at least 15 people and injuring many more. Reports have emerged that security officers opened fire on the protesters from the rooftops, before the procession reached the governor's office.

The clashes follow weeks of protests across the country, calling for long-term President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign immediately. Initially, in a bid to appease the increasingly vociferous public, Saleh said he will not run for re-election in 2012 but has remained firm in his decision to finish his term in office.

On Monday 4th March, crowds of protesters in Taiz began marching toward Freedom Square. The procession was blocked by armed security troops after passing the governor's headquarters. Clashes broke out between the two side leaving dozens injured.

Tanks and armoured vehicles are now blocking entrances to the city and have surrounded Freedom Square, apprehending anyone attempting to leave.

Sources: BBC News, FT, New York Times

For more news and expert analysis about Yemen, please see Yemen Focus.

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