Snipers Kill Protester in Yemen Clash

7 injured in Taiz following ceasefire pact
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 5, 2011 10:02 AM CST
A protestor displays his hand painted in red to symbolize bloodshed during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Taiz, Yemen, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Anees Mahyoub)
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(Newser) – A ceasefire agreement this weekend wasn’t enough to prevent the latest clash between protesters and pro-government forces in Yemen. Snipers killed a 20-year-old woman after soldiers stopped a protest march in the city of Taiz this morning, demonstrators said; at least seven more were injured in the showdown. The shooting follows 18 killings in three days last week in the city.

Protesters fear the ceasefire, which removed their armed guards, may have prompted the attack. “Ceasefire? What ceasefire?” asked a protester in a hospital. The violence has also prompted questions among protesters over President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s agreement to cede power. At least five were killed in pro-government attacks in Sanaa a day after Saleh signed the pact, the New York Times notes.

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