19 Mar '11, 9am

Yemen seethes as death toll climbs to 52

Yemen seethes as death toll climbs to 52

SANAA : Yemen seethed with anger on Saturday as medics raised the death toll from a sniper attack on protesters to 52 and thousands rallied despite a state of emergency imposed by the autocratic regime. The slaughter in the capital Sanaa on Friday afternoon was the bloodiest day in weeks of unrest that has shaken the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key US ally in the war against Al-Qaeda militants on the Arabian Peninsula. Witnesses said pro-Saleh "thugs" rained bullets from rooftops around a square at Sanaa University, the centre of demonstrations seeking the end of Saleh's 32-year rule. Many of the victims were shot in the head and more than 120 people were wounded, medics said, in scenes that shocked the world and drew diplomatic scorn from Western powers and human rights monitors. The toll climbed overnight as six of the critically wounded succumbed to their ...

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