A Slaughter In Yemen

Al Jazeera reports on the worst violence to come out of that country since the Arab 1848 began:

At least 41 people were killed and scores wounded after the Yemeni security forces opened fire on protesters at University square, in the capital Sanaa. Security forces opened fire in attempts to prevent protesters from marching out of the square where they were gathered, sources said. Medical sources said the death toll was likely to rise. Pro-government "thugs" also opened fire on protesters from houses close to University square, witnesses told the AFP news agency. Muttahar al-Masri, the country's interior minister, put the death toll at 25, and said that a curfew was being imposed as part of the state of emergency.

More details:

Shooters in plain clothes fired down on the demonstration from rooftops and windows straight after the protesters rose from their noon prayers. ... Xinhua reported that children were among the casualties. "The child was hit by a bullet in his head," an eyewitness named Twific al-Yaziday told Xinhua, adding that there were more than 20 others were wounded in heads and necks.

A graphic image of one of those victims after the jump:


President Obama has issued his "strongest statement yet" against the regime. Check for updates at Armies of Liberation.

(Photo: Wounded Yemeni anti-government protesters rush a wounded youth to get medical treatment during a demonstration in Sanaa on March 18, 2011 as more than 30 anti-regime protesters were shot dead and over 100 wounded, medics and witnesses said. By Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)