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Twelve killed as Yemeni police open fire on protesters

Live ammunition fired at tens of thousands of protesters in the Yemen capital of Sana'a

Twelve killed as Yemeni police open fire on protesters
Protests in Yemen. (Getty Images)

Yemeni police and armed government supporters opened fire on protesters in the capital, Sana’a, killing at least 12 people on Wednesday.

Live
ammunition was fired at tens of thousands of protesters gathered
in the city to demand the immediate departure of President Ali Abdullah
Saleh, according to Idrees al-Qadasi, a physician at the Science and
Technology Hospital.

Some 150 were wounded in the clashes, said Tarik
al-Duais, a physician at the field clinic at al-Tagheer Square in front
of Sana’a University.

Gulf
Cooperation Council officials are seeking to avert an escalation of
violence in Yemen or a deadly military divide between opposing tribes.

More than 100 people have been killed since protests began on Feb. 11,
according to Majed al-Madhaji, a spokesman at the Arabic Sisters Forum
for Human Rights in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital.

Foreign
ministers from the six-member GCC will hold an emergency meeting in
Riyadh on May 1 to approve a plan that charts Saleh’s departure within
30 days, the group said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

 The council
comprises the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia,
Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.