24 Killed in an Airstrike launched by the Yemeni Government


JNN 11 May 2011 Sana : At least 23 people have been killed in an airstrike launched by the Yemeni government against tribes near Sana’a.

The attack took place on Tuesday after hundreds of tribesman blocked a tank brigade reportedly heading to a nearby town to suppress anti-government protests.

Reports say the brigade was commanded by President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least 20 people were injured in clashes between regime forces and protesters in the western port of Hudaydah. The residents of the city say they plan to intensify the demonstrations and occupy government buildings to force Saleh to step down.

Saleh has been in office since 1978 and recently rejected a plan proposed by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) that offers him immunity in return for his resignation.

At least 300 protesters have been killed and many others injured during clashes with riot police and armed forces loyal to the Yemeni president since the anti-regime demonstrations began in late January, according to local reports.

There are concerns that the intermittent skirmishes between anti-government demonstrators and forces loyal to Saleh could eventually spiral out of control and trigger large-scale violence.

Regime forces have once again opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in southern Yemen, killing at least one protester, a medical source says.

The attack took place on Wednesday after hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the volatile city of Taizz, south of the capital Sana’a, AFP reported.

Protests against embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh have shown no sign of abating despite the regime’s violent crackdown.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least 23 people were killed in an airstrike launched by the Yemeni government against tribes near Sana’a.

The attack took place on Tuesday after hundreds of tribesman blocked a tank brigade reportedly heading to a nearby town to suppress anti-government protests.

According to reports, the brigade was commanded by President Saleh’s son.

Saleh has been in office since 1978 and recently rejected a plan proposed by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) that offers him immunity in return for his resignation.

At least 300 protesters have been killed and many others injured during clashes with riot police and armed forces loyal to the Yemeni president since the anti-regime demonstrations began in late January, local reports say.

There are concerns that the intermittent skirmishes between anti-government demonstrators and forces loyal to Saleh could eventually spiral out of control and trigger large-scale violence.

Forty percent of the people of Yemen are living on two US dollars a day or less and one third are wrestling with chronic hunger.

Some 31.5 percent of the population is “food insecure” and around 12 percent are “severely food insecure,” according to the United Nations.

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