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Deadly crackdown as Yemen protests persist

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Deadly crackdown as Yemen protests persist


More than a dozen people are reported dead in the latest day of anti-government protests in Yemen. Scores more have been injured.

Despite the government’s security crackdown, demonstrators battling to bring down veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh are defiant. Wednesday’s unrest sent a message to Gulf states trying to mediate an end to the crisis, according to protester Saber al-Sameri in the capital, Sanaa. The message is that Saleh will go, he said, but the Yemeni people are staying.

More than 140 people have died in the violence since the protest movement began in January.

Branding Saleh a killer of “martyrs”, an unidentified man surrounded by wounded protesters in a hospital ward in Sanaa said the regime knows no mercy and must be destroyed in a revolution.

As Yemenis count the human cost, the country is also facing a growing fuel crisis amid a blockade on its main oil- and gas-producing province by tribesmen aligned with protesters.

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