Six policemen injured in clashes in south Yemen protests

08:49, February 21, 2011      

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Several people, including six policemen, were wounded in clashes between the police and anti- government protesters demanding the overthrowing of the 33-year regime in Yemen's southern city port of Aden on Sunday, local sources said.

The clashes took place in Khour Maksar district, where a provincial security official told Xinhua by phone that dozens of anti-government protesters armed with rifles shot dead a police officer when he in patrol earlier Sunday.

The Yemeni authorities on Sunday set up numerous police checkpoints in road intersections and stationed security forces in all streets of Aden, according to eyewitnesses.

Late on Saturday, a 14-year-old protester named Ahmed Zaki was killed by random gunshot when anti-riot police fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse hundreds of the demonstrators rallying at Al-Hashmi square in Shaikh Othman town in Aden, according to his family.

Escalating anti-regime protests expanded Sunday to rattle provinces of Al-Hodayda, Lahj and Ibb.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 33 years, promised earlier this month he would not seek re-election or pass power to his son, vowing to achieve more political and economic reforms.

Source:Xinhua
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