Protesters shot dead by Yemen security forces

YEMENI security forces opened fire to disperse a demonstration in Sanaa, killing 10 protesters and wounding 226 others, a medic said.

“The total death toll from the confrontations has reached 12,” said the medic today, after two protesters were killed yesterday in clashes near the headquarters of the government.

Security forces and plainclothes gunmen had opened fire on thousands of demonstrators as they marched last night from Sanaa’s University Square, the focal point of protests in the capital, towards government headquarters, witnesses said.

A medic at a field hospital at University Square said 226 demonstrators were wounded by gunfire, 10 of them critically, while 141 others suffered wounds and fractures caused by sharp objects and batons.

The interior ministry claimed late yesterday that protesters attempted to break security cordons to “storm the radio (building) and government headquarters”.

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