Wednesday, April 20, 2011

UN mulls over crackdown in Yemen - Yemen Uprise Latest

Security Council discusses about Yemen amid growing international concern at continuing violence used against protesters.

Security forces in Yemen have killed at least four people and wounded hundreds more after opening fire on demonstrations in the capital Sanaa and the town of Taiz, as the UN met to discuss the crisis for the first time.

In Sanaa, four people were reportedly killed and nearly 100 wounded on Tuesday when riot police stopped protesters marching towards the capital's main Zubeiri street.

Protesters threw stones at riot police and set fire to a security vehicle, witnesses said.

An Al Jazeera producer reported that four female doctors who had been helping to treat injured protesters were taken away by security forces.

Tariq Numan, a doctor working at a field hospital outside Sanaa university, told Al Jazeera that "hundreds of injured people" were being treated at his facility following the violence.

He said that many had "severe injuries" that appeared to have been caused by gunfire.

"We are still receiving now from the streets tens more injured people," he said, adding that the facility was being overwhelmed by the number of casualties.

"The number is more than our abilities to cope [with]," he said.

In Taiz, south of the capital, at least one person was shot dead and another wounded after police opened fire when protesters burned tyres in the street.

Organisers of the Taiz protest said four people, including a newspaper photographer, had been arrested.

Pro-democracy protesters have been demanding for two months the resignation of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president since 1978.

source - Al Jazeera


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