Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More deaths in Sana'a as fighting continues

While in Yemen heavy fighting was continuing, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday was received by the Saudi king Abdullah. Meanwhile Yemeni policians and diplomats were meeeting to try and speed up a long overdue transition plan under which Saleh would hand over power. Among the mediators are UN representative Jamal bin Omar and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani. (Picture Saudi Press Agency) 

Government forces in Yemen have continued firing shells at a protester camp in the capital, witnesses say.
Explosions rocked Sanaa all night, and at least two people had died in the shelling, according to doctors.
Heavy shelling and machinegun fire rocked the city before dawn as the violence shifted from a crackdown on protesters to a military confrontation between troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the 1st Armord Division of general Ali Mohsen which has defected to the opposition. 
A rocket attack on a protest camp in Sana'a on Tuesday raised the death toll to at least 58 in some of the deadliest violence to hit Yemen in eight months of pro-democracy demonstrations.At least 56 people were killed on Sunday and Monday, said doctors and witnesses.
Witnesses told Reuters at least three missiles struck the camp just after morning prayers at around 5 a.m. (0200 GMT)."We were walking back from prayers. All of a sudden a rocket hit close by from out of nowhere, and some people fell down. And then a second one came and that's when we saw the two martyred," Manea al-Matari, a protest organizer told Reuters by phone.
Groups of protesters have occupied various parts of the capital for most of the year, calling for the ousting of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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