22 hurt as Yemen forces fire on Sanaa protest march

SANAA - Yemeni forces loyal to PresidentAli Abdullah Saleh fired at a protest march in Sanaa on Sunday,wounding at least 22 people, doctors said, heightening tensionas opposition leaders met Gulf Arab mediators in Saudi Arabia.

Doctors said around 200 more demonstrators were overcome bytear gas during the clashes when they marched outside theirnormal protest zone in the streets near Sanaa University, a hubof pro-democracy demonstrations that have lasted three months.

"We neared the Sanaa Trade Center when police confronted uswith tear gas, and suddenly opened heavy gunfire on us from alldirections," said Sabry Mohammed, a protester. "A state ofterror set in among the demonstrators, and some of them fledinto side streets."

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