Youth killed, students wounded in Yemen clashes

A youth was killed in Aden in clashes with Yemeni government supporters near Sanaa University.

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 18:04 PM IST

Sanaa: A youth was killed in Aden
and several students were shot and wounded in clashes with
Yemeni government supporters near Sanaa University, with the
interior ministry denying initial reports that one had been
killed in the capital.

"A number of demonstrators were wounded... but only
four remain in hospital," an unnamed ministry official said on
the ministry`s Sep26.net news website, adding that there were
no deaths in Sanaa.

Earlier, a news agency correspondent had said one protester
was shot dead and five wounded in the clashes after he had
seen the body of the student, hit by a bullet.

The shootings came as government supporters, armed
with guns, batons and rocks, tried to break into the campus
and students responded by hurling stones.

Tribesmen and plain-clothes police also attacked the
students during the clashes, the correspondent said,
adding that police did not intervene but blocked roads
leading to the campus.

Later, supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
dispersed the protesters and took control of the area around
the university campus and surrounding roads, the correspondent
said.

On Friday, at least four anti-regime protesters were
wounded by Saleh supporters, who attacked the demonstration
armed with batons and axes.

Students have tried for the past week to march on the
presidential palace but have been intercepted each day by
stone-throwing regime supporters.

Protests continued yesterday in the main southern city
of Aden, where fierce clashes the previous day killed four
people and injured 17, five of them soldiers, according to
medics and witnesses.

Later yesterday, medics reported a 16-year-old youth
was killed by a stray bullet near his home in the Sheikh Osman
district of Aden as security forces tried to break up an
anti-regime protest.

His death took to 10 the number of people killed in
the city since rioting erupted there on Wednesday, according
to a news agency tally.

Demonstrations took place in the neighbourhoods of
Khor Maksar, Al-Mansura, Sheikh Osman and in Dar Saed, where
security forces detained eight people, as well as in Mualla,
the sources said.

"The ruling party are killers" and "No south, no
north -- our revolt is for the youth," chanted protesters.

Three demonstrators were wounded when police opened
fire to disperse a protest in Sheikh Osman, witnesses and
medics said.

PTI