Yemeni forces fire on protesters in south's Taiz

July 28, 2011 16:17

SANAA - Yemeni security forces fired on protesters in the southern city of Taiz on Thursday and fierce clashes erupted between tribesmen and army troops outside the capital Sanaa, opposition sources said.

In Taiz, a hot spot of daily protests some 200 km  south of Sanaa, activists said gunmen from the central security forces were raining fire on a square where demonstrators have been camped out for months.

"There is gunfire on the sit-in area now and we can also hear gunfire coming from a number of different streets," activist Bushra al-Maqtari told Reuters by telephone, shouting over the sound of shooting. She said it was still unclear how many had been hurt.

The attack began after a group of protesters marched outside of the sit-in area into the streets.

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