Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Two Protesters Killed and Several others Wounded in Sana'a

By Fatik Al-Rodaini

Sana'a, Apr 19, 2011- At least two people were killed and hundreds others wounded on Tuesday when Yemen's security forces fired live ammunition towards anti-government protesters in Sana'a province.

Sources said that anti-government protesters marched on Tuesday in a huge demonstration in the center of Yemen's capital, Sana'a, demanding the resignation of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime when they were attacked by security forces and plainclothes men, who opened fired on them killing at least one and wounding several others.

Witnesses within the scene told Al-Jazeera channel that the protesters were attacked by police men who fired live bullets and tear gas.

Governmental media state said that the protesters tried to enter the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry in which police men tried to stop them.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council plans to discuss the unrest in Yemen for the first time since the protests began. Tuesday's meeting on Yemen was proposed by Germany's ambassador, and diplomats say the meeting will send a political signal that the unrest is of growing concern to the international community.

Also, a high-level delegation from Yemen's ruling party is set to meet Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates with mediators from the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Opposition leaders met Council foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia Sunday without any breakthrough.

Violence between pro-Saleh forces and opposition activists has killed more than 116 people since protests began in late January.

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