Yemen Protests 311 (R).
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Three military personnel were killed and at least 60 people wounded in
confrontations around Yemen on Monday between security forces and protesters,
and attackers reportedly stabbed a provincial governor in the neck with a
A month of protests set in motion by the tumult sweeping the Arab
world appears to be spiraling out of control in Yemen, already one of the most
impoverished and volatile corners of the Arab world, where President Ali
Abdullah Saleh has ruled for 32 years.
Two soldiers and an officer were
killed as clashes broke out in the northern al-Jawf province, which borders oil
giant Saudi Arabia, AP reported, quoting Yemen’s state news agency Saba. In the
eastern Marib province, a predominantly tribal area, protesters staged a large
demonstration outside the local government building and shouted anti-regime
Security troops fired live ammunition and tear gas, injuring
around 37 people.
In the melee, a group of men stabbed Governor Naji
al-Zaidi and four bodyguards with daggers, the Interior Ministry
Also Monday, two American and two British journalists were deported
from the country after being detained for several hours, one of them said.
Yemeni security officials told AP they had been detained for illegally entering
the country, without elaborating.
They spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Christian protesters said on Monday they would suspend more than a week of
protests that were sparked by the burning of a church in the mostly Muslim
country, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.
of Christians have been protesting since March 5 in front of the state
television building after the torching of a church in Helwan, on the outskirts
of Cairo, over a row started by a romance between a Christian man and a Muslim
The case has fueled sectarian clashes that Health Ministry reports
said killed 13 people and wounded 140 others, posing an early test for Egypt’s
new military rulers as they seek to reestablish order after weeks of political
In south Sudan – set to be the Middle East’s newest state after
an independence referendum – more than 100 orphans were caught in the middle of
gunfire in an attack on the capital of the region’s oil-producing Upper Nile
state that killed more than 42 combatants.
Renegade fighters attacked
Malakal on Saturday in the latest violence to stoke fears for the stability of
the south ahead of its independence from the north, due to take place on July 9.