Doctors Suspect Nerve Gas Used on Yemen Protesters

Three tell Global Post that symptoms are too severe for tear gas
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 5:36 PM CST
Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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(Newser) – Doctors and protesters in Yemen think the government is using banned nerve gas, not regular tear gas, to quell protests, reports Global Post. Three doctors treating patients say the symptoms are suspiciously severe. “The material in this gas makes people convulse for hours," said one field doctor after soldiers fired bullets and gas into a crowd of protesters outside Sanaa University yesterday.

"We are seeing symptoms in the patient’s nerves, not in their respiratory systems," said another. "I’m 90% sure it's nerve gas and not tear gas." If so, it would put Yemen authorities in violation of international law. Either way, the government seems to be taking an increasingly violent approach, notes Global Post. In addition to the gas, soldiers fired live ammunition, killing one protester. Demonstrations continued today, notes AP.

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