Yemen Forces Fire at Protesters

Dozens injured as hundreds of thousands take to Sanaa streets
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 18, 2011 8:52 AM CDT
Mohammed Saleh, an elderly anti-government protestor, reacts during a demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, April 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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(Newser) – Yemen security forces unleashed gunfire and tear gas on protesters yesterday in Sanaa, where hundreds of thousands had gathered, the BBC reports. At least 30 were reported wounded in the capital. “We neared the Sanaa Trade Centre when police confronted us with tear gas, and suddenly opened heavy gunfire on us from all directions,” said one demonstrator. “A state of terror set in among the demonstrators, and some of them fled into side streets.” Protesters rallied in cities across Yemen; more were reported wounded in separate clashes.

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