Yemen forces open fire on march; 1 killed

Security forces in Yemen opened fire on protesters calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a march in a main street in the capital.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011, 10:57 AM IST

Sanaa: Security forces in Yemen opened fire
on protesters calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a march in a main street in the capital, killing
one person and injuring eight others, a medical official said.

Security forces also lobbed tear gas at the protesters in
the latest of four months of demonstrations calling for an end
to Saleh`s 33 years in power in Yemen, activist Mukhtar
Abdullah said.

The medical official who provided the death toll spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
The months of protests and intense international pressure
have left Saleh clinging to power. The president is in Saudi
Arabia recuperating from wounds he sustained in an attack on
his compound on June 3, but he has been able to maintain power
through loyal figures, including a son who commands some of
the country`s best trained military forces.

The attack by security forces followed a separate protest
by about 100 journalists earlier in the day in the capital,
Sanaa.

Journalists were protesting harassment and censorship by
authorities. One newspaper editor said he was forced to
distribute his daily in banana boxes to avoid government
censors.

The journalists` protest was held outside the residence
of Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is acting head
of state while the president is in Saudi Arabia.

PTI