Five policemen killed, 591 injured in months of protests: ministry

11:51, April 20, 2011      

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The Yemeni Interior ministry said Tuesday that five of its security personnel were killed and 591 others were wounded in separate clashes with the protesters since mid February.

In a statement which was cited by the state Saba news agency, the ministry said the policemen were killed or injured by riots of outlaws that regularly happened during the opposition-backed demonstrations.

"The casualties occurred while the police were on duty to maintain the country's security, stability and order," it said.

The ministry reaffirmed that "the security forces will continue carrying out their duties to confront all riots that targeted the security and stability of Yemen and will go ahead in preserving the security of citizens and their public and private properties."

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is facing months of youth-led street protests across the country, has already admitted losing control of several provinces and warned of civil war and national split if he is forced to step aside.

More than 100 demonstrators have been killed in clashes with security forces since late January. There are also fears that the violence could escalate, as the majority of the country's 23 million people own guns.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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