Yemeni police storm protest camp in Aden
Sanaa (Yemen), Mar 19: Police stormed a protest camp in southern Yemen today, firing live rounds and tear gas that wounded at least 13 people as President Ali Abdullah Saleh's crackdown on dissent grows increasingly deadly.
The raid follows a dramatic escalation in violence yesterday, when security forces in the capital, Sanaa, killed at least 46 people and injured hundreds.
The attack suggests Saleh is fearful that the unprecedented street protests, set off by unrest across the Arab world, could unravel his 32-year grip on power in this volatile, impoverished nation.
The US, which has long relied on Saleh for help fighting terrorism, condemned the violence.
The bloodshed, however, failed to dislodge protesters from a large traffic circle they have dubbed "Taghyir Square" Arabic for "Change."
Hours after yesterday's shooting, thousands demanding Saleh's ouster stood their ground, many of them hurling stones at security troops and braving live fire and tear gas.
Saleh declared a 30-day nationwide state of emergency that formally gave his security forces a freer hand to confront demonstrators. The declaration bars citizens from carrying and using weapons.
Protesters today said police fired tear gas and live rounds before storming a protest camp in the southern port city of Aden.
At least 13 were injured, among them three who suffered bullet wounds.
The attack was followed by clashes after thousands surrounded the al-Mualla police station trying to break in, but police were holding them off, firing in the air.
In Sanaa, soldiers in tanks and armoured personnel carriers took up positions at intersections and key buildings including the presidential palace, the state TV building and other government institutions. (AP)
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