Monday, April 4, 2011
At least 15 anti-government protesters die as troops stationed on rooftops open fire.
"Yemeni security forces have shot dead at least 15 anti-government demonstrators and wounded 30 in the city of Taiz, south of the capital Sanaa, medics said. "At least 15 people were killed with live bullets and dozens wounded," said Sadeq al-Shujaa, head of a makeshift field hospital at a square in central Taiz. The violence began when thousands of protesters marched through Taiz toward Freedom Square, where demonstrators have been camped out. As the march passed the governor's headquarters, troops stationed there blocked the procession, and clashes broke out, with some protesters throwing stones, witnesses said. Troops on nearby rooftops opened fire with live ammunition on the crowd and the marchers then turned to besiege the governor's headquarters, said Bushra al-Maqtara, an opposition activist in Taiz, and other witnesses. The bloodshed in the city of Taiz further stoked the more than month-old uprising against Yemeni president Abdullah Saleh's 32-year-rule......"