Gunmen fire on protesters in Yemen, wounding 35

By REUTERS
May 14, 2011 22:14

SANAA - Gunmen in plain clothes opened fire repeatedly on protesters in Yemen's southern city of Taiz on Saturday, wounding 35 people, a doctor said, and a Gulf envoy arrived to try to revive a plan to end the crisis.

Protesters have been demonstrating across Yemen for months in an uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh inspired by movements that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia. A plan negotiated by neighbouring Gulf states for Saleh to step down fell through last month when he refused to sign.

The plain-clothes men, believed to be security officers, fired from rooftops at protesters demanding an end to more than three decades of Saleh's rule in the poorest Arab country.

"There were 35 people with gunshot wounds, three of whom are in an intensive care unit," a hospital doctor told Reuters by phone.


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