Snipers Kill Protester in Yemen Clash

7 injured in Taiz following ceasefire pact
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Snipers Kill Protester in Taiz, Yemen
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)

(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.

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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. (Read more Yemen stories.)

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