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13 protesters killed by Yemeni security forces in Sanaa, Taiz

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09:28, September 20, 2011

An injured protester receives treatment in a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen on September 19, 2011. At least 13 protesters were shot dead and scores of others were injured Monday by forces loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital Sanaa and southern province of Taiz, medics said. (Xinhua/Mohammed)

SANAA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 protesters were shot dead and scores of others were injured Monday by forces loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital Sanaa and southern province of Taiz, medics said.

"Five protesters, a defected soldier, a two-year-old boy and 10- month-old child were killed by gunshots of Saleh's security forces, snipers and thugs hired by the ruling party in Sanaa," eyewitnesses and doctors at the field hospital in the protests' epicenter Changing Square told Xinhua.

"The two children's heads were hit by gunshots of Saleh's armed loyalists while playing in the Hail street near the Kintaki area," their parents told the doctors.

A local citizen told Xinhua that the security forces occupied and stationed on the rooftops of his house and nearby buildings.

Witnesses said government forces deployed in the Zubairy street and security snippers on the rooftops continued to shoot on thousands of protesters and defected soldiers in Kintaki on the southern side of a street leading directly to the Changing Square near Sanaa University.

Protest rallies were staged simultaneously in Ibb, Aden, Hadramout, Al-Hudayda, Shabwa, Marib, Saada, Al-Dhalee, Al-Bayda and the country's second largest province of Taiz to protest "the continuing attacks on protesters in Sanaa."

In Taiz, the death toll from the ongoing clashes rose to five, including a woman, local medics said.

"Four protesters were shot dead in their heads while the woman received a gunshot into her chest and died immediately," a doctor in the protesters' field hospital in Taiz told Xinhua by phone.

Meanwhile, residents of the Hassaba district in downtown Sanaa told Xinhua that a string of huge explosions and gunfire could be heard near the building of the Interior Ministry, a road leading to the state television and the military base of the defected First Armored Division.


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