- - Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Yemeni forces kill 7 in renewed protests

SANAA — Yemeni government forces opened fire Tuesday on protesters in Sanaa, killing seven, a medical official said, a day after the capital witnessed its worst fighting in weeks.

Mohammed al-Qubati, the director of a field hospital at the main protest site in Sanaa dubbed “Change Square,” said dozens more were injured in the Tuesday protests demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Sanaa, led by shirtless young men with the words “Leave … you butcher” scrawled across their chests. The message was a reference to Mr. Saleh.

Soldiers from the Republican Guard, a loyalist unit led by Mr. Saleh’s son Ahmed, arrested four female protesters who were ahead of the main demonstration, said activist Habib al-Uraiqi.

Similar demonstrations were held in other parts of Yemen, including the southern cities of Aden and Taiz, protest organizers said.


Turkish officials meet with Syrian opposition

ANKARA, Turkey — Syrian security forces launched raids on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, on Tuesday to crush a 7-month-old uprising as neighboring Turkey held its first formal talks with Syrian opposition leaders, activists and officials said.

Some parents kept their children home from school in areas near the capital out of fear for their safety as armored vehicles took up positions and soldiers made sweeping arrests, said Rami Abdul-Rahman of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a wide network of sources on the ground.

Other bloodshed was reported in the central city of Homs, a hotbed of opposition to the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Syria has banned foreign reporters and restricted local coverage, making it difficult to independently confirm witness accounts. The U.N. says more than 3,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in mid-March.


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