Yemen Protests Escalate After Deadly Attack

Source: VOA

Thousands of anti-government protesters streamed into a square in Yemen‘s capital, Sana’a Wednesday despite a deadly clash with government loyalists at the site on Tuesday.

Opposition protesters gathered near Sana’a University, where at least one person was killed and 12 injured late Tuesday. The clash took place when attackers using guns and other weapons tried to disperse protesters who have been camping out at the site for days. The protesters are demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The violence brings the number of people killed in Yemen since demonstrations began this month to at least 12.

At least seven members of parliament submitted their resignations from the ruling party Wednesday to protest the government’s violent response to the demonstrations. They said they would form an independent bloc in the legislature.

Protests challenging Mr. Saleh’s 32-year rule took place in other parts of the country Wednesday. Demonstrators and security force members clashed in the port city of Aden. Also, thousands of chanting anti-government demonstrators marched through the eastern city of al-Mukalla.

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