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Yemen clashes kill 17

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 01:18

Sept 19 - Fierce clashes between government forces and protesters in Yemen leave 17 dead, including a child, and another 50 injured. Jessica Gray reports.

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Yemeni medics rush a wounded protester to a Sanaa hospital. At least 17 were killed in the latest violence, including a child, when government forces opened fire on demonstrators Monday. The clashes come a day after 26 people were killed during anti government protests, and prompted one doctor to demand international help in ending the violent crackdowns. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DR. MOHAMMED AL-QUBATI, HEAD OF FIELD HOSPITAL, SAYING: "We call on all the relevant parties, the (aid) organisations, the United Nations, the European Union, all the embassies working in our dear country to carry out their humanitarian role and intervene to stop these massacres and killings. Whoever made this aggression today has lost all values." Medics claim many of the dead were likely killed by heavy weaponry, such as rocket-propelled grenades. Protesters are keen to ratchet up mass demonstrations should President Ali Abduallah Saleh reject yet another power transition deal at the twelfth hour. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Yemen clashes kill 17

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 01:18