More deaths and more protests in Yemen

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More deaths and more protests in Yemen

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Protesters in Yemen have upped their efforts to end President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year grip on power.

As demonstrations intensified, so did the violence.

In the capital Sanaa two people were reported to have been killed and 100 injured as riot police fired on anti-Saleh crowds.

Protester Hana Yahia described the tactics used by government forces. She said: “Demonstrators were attacked and female doctors kidnapped. That shows how morally bankrupt the government has become.”

There are reports that a gunman on a motorbike opened fire on a protest camp in the coastal of town Hudeida, leaving one person dead and eight wounded.

The man who died was guarding the camp at the time. The attack is said to have happened during morning prayers.

In the town of Taiz, south of the capital, at least one person was shot dead and another injured as three months of anti-government unrest shows no sign of ending.

The latest bloodshed comes 24 hours after the UN Security Council met to discuss the situation for the first time. The body called for restraint and comprehensive dialogue.

As the clashes continue Gulf mediators held talks with Yemeni government officials in Abu Dhabi to discuss a transfer of power. The talks have been described as “constructive”.