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Protesters killed in Yemen mass rallies

yemenzYemeni women shout slogans during an anti-regime demonstration outside Sana’a University on April 9, 2011.

Yemeni security forces have resorted to violence once again to stop tens of thousands of protesters staging demonstrations across the country.

The forces reportedly opened fire on demonstrators on Saturday, killing and wounding an unknown number of people.

At least two people were shot dead and dozens of others wounded in the southern city of Taiz, while hundreds more needed treatment for tear-gas inhalation.

This came a day after government forces attacked a protest rally in the city, killing at least four anti-government protesters and injuring about 200 others, witnesses told a Press TV correspondent.

Angered by the Friday killings, Yemenis held similar protests in the capital, Sana’a, and the major port city of Aden.

Medical sources in Sana’a said hundreds of protesters were injured in the city after the police fired live rounds and tear gas to prevent people from reaching the presidential palace.

A protest strike in Aden also forced the shut-down of the city as shops remained closed in many districts, roads were blocked and public transport came to a halt.

The protesters opened the shops and roads hours later but vowed to go on similar daytime strikes every Saturday and Wednesday.

Yemenis demand an end to the decades-long rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has refused to step down despite massive protests since mid-February.

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