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Saturday 23 September 2017

Eight dead in clashes with Yemeni state forces

Mohammed Hatem and Vivian Salama

Thousands of Yemeni protesters clashed with security forces and armed gunmen loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday, leaving at least eight people dead.

Five demonstrators and two soldiers who defected and joined the opposition were killed in the capital, Sana'a, according to Mohammed al-Qubati, a doctor at the field clinic at the demonstrators' camp.

At least one woman was killed in clashes in the southern city of Taiz, Hisham al-Jaradi, an activist, said by telephone.

The renewed violence comes a day after 16 people were slain in fighting.

Demonstrations began in the Arab world's poorest country at the end of January, inspired by revolts that ousted the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt.

They deepened as military and tribal leaders joined the opposition.

Efforts by the Gulf Cooperation Council to broker a power-transfer agreement have failed.

Irish Independent

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