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Night-time raid on Yemen protest camp

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Night-time raid on Yemen protest camp


Despite promises of a truce, security forces in Yemen launched a night-time attack on a protest camp in the capital Sanaa on Saturday.

The AFP news agency reported that up to 5 people were killed as thousands of people were dispersed from around a street dubbed “Change Square”.

The overnight assault came following the deaths of 18 people, killed during violence at a large protest after Friday prayers.

The demonstration began hours after President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned from hospital in Saudi Arabia following an assassination attempt three months ago.

A statement from the Yemeni leader on state TV promised he was holding out an olive branch to pro-democracy demonstrators.

Meanwhile the US State Department urged Saleh to relinquish power and allow the country to “move on”.

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