30 May '11, 1pm

Yemeni forces kill 20 protesters as sit-in smashed

Yemeni forces kill 20 protesters as sit-in smashed

SANAA : Forces loyal to the embattled Yemeni president killed 20 protesters as they dispersed a sit-in in Taez, an organiser said on Monday, as suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed six soldiers in the south. Security service agents backed by army and Republican Guard troops stormed the protest against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Freedom Square in the centre of Yemen's second-largest city during the night, shooting at the demonstrators and setting fire to their tents, protesters said. "At least 20 protesters have been killed," one of the protest organisers said. Troops backed by tanks stormed a field hospital and detained 37 of the wounded receiving treatment there, among hundreds of people rounded up as security forces pursued the protesters into nearby streets, medics and organisers said. "This was a massacre. The situation is miserable. They have dragged the wounded off ...

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