[Marxism] Yemeni troops said to shell opposition funeral gathering

Fred Feldman ffeldman at verizon.net
Wed Sep 21 06:47:29 MDT 2011


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9857629/printYemeni troops 
shell opposition funeral gathering
AP foreign, Wednesday September 21 2011
AHMED AL-HAJ

Associated Press= SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Witnesses say Yemeni government 
forces have fired mortars at a central district of the capital Sanaa as 
tens of thousands gathered for the funerals of opposition protesters 
slain in the latest escalation of violence.

Wednesday's shelling breached a cease-fire negotiated a day earlier to 
end a deadly bout of violence between government forces and opponents of 
the regime. More than 70 people have died in Sanaa and elsewhere in 
Yemen this week.

The witnesses say the shelling targeted a part of Change square where 
protesters have camped out since February to demand the ouster of 
longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Black smoke is rising from the area but there are no reports of 
casualties so far.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. 
AP's earlier story is below.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A cease-fire is generally holding in the Yemeni 
capital after a deadly bout of violence between government forces and 
opponents of the regime.

The cease-fire came into force on Tuesday evening, ending three days of 
bloodshed in Sanaa and elsewhere across Yemen that has left more than 70 
people dead.

The violence came as protesters stepped up their campaign to oust 
longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Sanaa residents took advantage of the lull to venture out from their 
homes on Wednesday morning to buy food and other essential supplies.

Many hurried back home as an outburst of heavy gunfire rang out from an 
area close to the residence of the country's vice president. There were 
no immediate reports of casualties.





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