Police Attack Yemen Crowd, Injure 200

One killed in Hudaida incident
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2011 1:22 PM CDT
Police Attack Yemen Crowd, Injure 200
Anti-government protestors gesture during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, March 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen security forces opened fire on protesters in the Red Sea city of Hudaida today, using both live and rubber ammunition, along with tear gas, clubs and daggers. The city’s hospital has been filled to capacity, one doctor tells Reuters. “We received around 200 wounded, 10 were hit by gunfire and 40 suffered from stab wounds,” the doctor said. “One died from his gunshot wounds after reaching the hospital.”

The doctor said police—both uniformed and plainclothes—had attacked a sit-in. But the protesters regrouped following the attack. “The thugs have left, the wounded are getting treatment, and our sit-in continues,” one protester said. Two protesters claimed that security forces had pursued the wounded and beaten them in the hospital, but reporters couldn’t confirm that. (More Yemen stories.)

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