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Rival forces exchange gunfire in Yemen

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Rival forces exchange gunfire in Yemen


A peaceful sit-in protest ended in tragedy in Aden, southern Yemen late on Saturday after police dispersed the protesters with gunfire. A 16 year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet and died in hospital.

Earlier in the day for the first time pro and anti-government supporters exchanged gunfire in the capital, Sanaa. The flashpoint came when government loyalists attempted to storm the university campus, which has been at the centre of the week-long protests against President Saleh.

In another first, one of the leaders of the opposition has called for the president to quit. Sons of Yemen Secretary General Mohsin Fareed said dialogue had become a “waste of time”.

Protests also continued in Taiz, Yemen’s second city and flared in Karish. 50 members of the president’s party resigned in protest at the actions of the security services, but in many places they were nowhere to be seen, seemingly content to let the pro and anti-camps fight it out.

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