Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Yemeni regime's forces killed 21 demonstrators in the city of Taiz

At least 21 people have died in protests against the government of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the city of Taiz in the south of the country, Al Jazeera channel reported. According to a Yemeni journalist has told the channel, security forces fired on demonstrators and moved with his armor on Freedom Square, where they camped for several days hundreds of people.

About 150 protesters were injured. Apparently, the security forces also used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them. Several shops were burned opponents. In recent months, about 300 Yemenis have died in the context of protests demanding the resignation of the president and a new era of reforms and have been harshly repressed by forces loyal to the president.

The hardness used in the crackdown has led to several generals and government officials to abandon Saleh since March. Opposition groups and diplomats have accused the leader of using the threat of Al Qaeda to get assistance and support from regional powers seeking help from their government to fight the militants.

Fears are growing that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP for its acronym in English) based in Yemen to exploit this instability, as some analysts suggest. United States and Saudi Arabia, both white AQAP attacks, are concerned that the growing chaos is encouraging the group. In fact, four Yemeni soldiers were killed in an alleged ambush by Al Qaeda in the south.

In addition, a large number of his companions (an estimated dozen) were injured. The detachment was headed to the coastal town of Zinjibar. Yemen Air Force bombed key points in the city of Zinjibar which houses members of Al Qaeda and Islamist militants, according to some residents.

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