50 rival protesters injured in clashes in western Yemen: official

11:01, April 19, 2011      

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At least 50 people from both sides were injured on Monday in clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters in the Yemeni Red Sea port of Al-Hodayda, a provincial security official told Xinhua.

"About 40 anti-government protesters and 10 government supporters were wounded when they throwing stones to each other in clashes earlier Monday in a main street in Al-Hodayda city, some 226 km west of the capital Sanaa," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

He said the clashes erupted "when hundreds of protesters chanting anti-government slogans staged unlicensed march in downtown city where they faced hundreds of government backers."

"Both sides began to throw rocks and police forces tried to disperse both rival marches by firing into air and using tear gas, " he said, adding that "the anti-government protesters refused to go back and continued to throw stones against government supporters and police."

Yemen has witnessed prolonged political crisis ignited by opposition-backed street protests demanding the end of the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh since mid February, undermining security and stability of the country.

Source: Xinhua
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