20 protesters injured in Yemen

shiitenews_protesters_injured_in_YemenAt least 20 people have suffered injuries after Yemeni security forces opened fire on a group of anti-government protesters in the western city of Hudaydah.

Thousands of protesters staged a rally in the city on Tuesday to call for the immediate ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power since 1978, Xinhua news agency reported .

Police forces then opened fire to disperse the anti-government march. Witnesses say those injured were shot by live rounds.

According to local reports, at least 300 protesters have been killed and many others left injured in an ongoing brutal crackdown by state security forces. The anti-government protests began to sweep Yemen in January.

President Saleh has been in office for more than three decades, with several opposition members arguing that his long-promised reforms have not materialized.

There are concerns that intermittent skirmishes between anti-government demonstrators and forces loyal to Saleh could eventually spiral out of control and trigger a large-scale violence.

Some 40 percent of Yemen’s population lives on less than $2 a day or less, and a third is wrestling with chronic hunger.

Some 31.5 percent of the population is “food insecure”, and around 12 percent are “severely food insecure,” according to the United Nations.


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