US: Latest violence in Yemen is 'appalling'

WASHINGTON - The latest violence in Yemen in which police and armed men shot at anti-government protesters in the cities of Taiz and Hudaida is "appalling," US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Monday.
Speaking at his daily briefing, Toner sought to play down a New York Times report that the United States has in the last week come to the conclusion that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh -- a key US counter-terrorism ally -- must go.
"It's appalling," Toner said of the latest violence. In Taiz, south of the capital Sanaa, police shot at protesters trying to storm the provincial government building, killing at least 15 and wounding 30, hospital sources said.