Yemeni President`s troops kill 40 in new battles

Yemen`s Saleh, who has clung to power despite nearly eight months of protests, returned to Yemen yesterday.

Sanaa: At least 40 people, among them
dissident soldiers, were killed in violence that rocked
Yemen`s capital on Saturday, an activist from the protest organising
committee said.

"More than 40 people were killed on Saturday" in battles
that hit several neighbourhoods across Sanaa, including Change
Square, epicentre of anti-regime protests since February, the
activist said.

As gun battles raged across the capital, hundreds of
thousands set out in a massive demonstration from Change
Square, which itself came under security force gunfire from
several directions, witnesses said.

A dissident military spokesman said 11 of his regiment`s
troops were killed today and 112 wounded when elite Republican
Guard troops, commanded by President Ali Abdullah Saleh`s son
Ahmed, attacked a camp of the First Armoured Brigade north of
Change Square.
"The camp was targeted by 60 shells," said the spokesman.

Fierce fighting between Yemeni security forces and
dissident troops has rocked Sanaa since last week, killing 173

Seventy-eight people have been killed since Saleh
returned yesterday after three months in Saudi Arabia, despite
his call for peace in the restive country.


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