Yemen's UN envoy quits over violence to protesters

By REUTERS
March 20, 2011 15:24

SANAA - Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah Alsaidi has resigned, the latest high-ranking member of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government to quit in protest against the killing of dozens of demonstrators.

Snipers killed up to 42 protesters among crowds that flocked to a sit-in at Sanaa University after Friday prayers. The opposition says at least seven snipers were caught carrying government identity cards, a charge the government has denied.

"Mr. Alsaidi has sent his resignation to the president's office and the Foreign Ministry," a Yemeni Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday, and added that it was in protest at the Friday violence.

Two prominent members of Yemen's ruling party resigned on Saturday in protest against the violence, and on Friday the tourism minister and the head of the party's foreign affairs committee quit.


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