Death toll rises as shells hit Yemen protest camp

By REUTERS
September 20, 2011 11:08

SANAA  - A rocket attack on a protest camp in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Tuesday raised the death toll to at least 58 in some of the deadliest violence to hit the Arabian Peninsula country in eight months of pro-democracy demonstrations.

Heavy shelling and machine-gun fire rocked the city before dawn as the violence shifted from a crackdown on protesters to a military confrontation between troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and soldiers who have defected to the opposition.

Witnesses told Reuters that at least three missiles struck the camp just after morning prayers at around 5 a.m.

More than 400 people have been killed since protests began in January, and world powers fear chaos in Yemen, home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and bordering biggest oil exporter Saudi Arabia, would raise risks for world oil supplies.


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