Dozens hurt as ‘Yemen police fire on protesters’
SANAA — Dozens of people were wounded on Wednesday when police opened fire with live rounds on anti-government demonstrators in Yemen’s western port city of Al-Hudaydah, witnesses told AFP.
Police intervened firing tear gas and bullets after pro-regime loyalists attacked protesters with batons and rocks, the witnesses said.
Dozens of protesters were also suffering from breathing difficulties in the wake of the tear gas attack, they said.
The violence erupted following a pro-government demonstration by supporters of the ruling General People’s Congress party in Al-Hudaydah.
Protests across Yemen against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule, inspired by similar popular uprisings across the Arab world, have been marred by violence that has left some 40 people dead.
Four killed in Yemeni border town
Four died on Tuesday in Yemeni town, al-Jawf, when anti-government tribesmen stormed a security building, in an attack meant to avenge the episode last week when government troops opened fire on opposition protesters.