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Gunfire and explosions heard near Yemeni capital

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Gunfire and explosions heard near Yemeni capital


Explosions near the Yemeni capital plus clashes in the city of Taiz leaving four dead and scores injured are the latest incidents in a week of bloodshed in the country.

Security forces opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Taiz, and used tear gas to disperse crowds calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Hospital sources claim four people were killed and about 90 others needed treatment for gunshot wounds.

A former defence minister, General Abdullah Ali Aleiwa has also made serious allegations against Saleh’s regime. He said he condemned and strongly denounced what the regime has done. “It has handed over weapons to groups of bandits, and terrorists and encouraged them to murder.”

The overnight explosions are said to have come from the area near the capital where in the last week fighting between Saleh’s forces and a rival tribe has killed 115 people.

In all nearly 300 Yemenis have died since January as the president has tried to stop pro-reform protests by force.

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