Yemeni forces wounded at least 30 protestors after firing on them with live ammunition and tear gas earlier today, reports the BBC. The protestors were marching through the street of Sanaa calling for embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
Hundreds of thousands, including many women incensed at Saleh's comments last week that their behavior was against Islam, took part in today's protests. The protestors were fired upon after they marched out of the protest zone. "We neared the Sanaa Trade Center when police confronted us with tear gas, and suddenly opened heavy gunfire on us from all directions," Sabry Mohammed, a protester, told Reuters. "A state of terror set in among the demonstrators, and some of them fled into side streets." The injured protesters were rushed to hospitals.
In protests that date back to January, more than 100 have been killed. Saleh, who has been in power for more than three decades, has said he is willing to transfer power, but only to "safe hands."
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