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Security forces shoot protesters in Yemen


At least 15 people have been killed in anti-government protests in Yemen, with some reports claiming the death toll is more than 20.

Tens of thousands of people were out on the streets of the capital Sanaa, when security forces attempted to prevent them marching towards state offices. As well as tear gas and water canons, witnesses claim they were also shot at with live rounds.

Some of the wounded are being treated at a makeshift field hospital at Sixty Street – the site where protesters have been camping out for eight months, as they demand President Ali Abdullah step down.

The President refuses to hand over power, despite having to leave Yemen for treatment in Saudi Arabia after his office was shelled. He has previously made several statements saying he is prepared to give up the presidency, including in a television address last month after he returned to Yemen, but so far, nothing has changed.

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