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article imageDozens killed as Yemen declared national state of emergency

By Leo Reyes     Mar 19, 2011 in Politics
At least 45 people were reportedly killed while 270 others were injured in the latest violent confrontation between anti-government protesters and Yemen's pro government security forces.
BBC News reports, "The gunmen fired from rooftops overlooking the central square in what the opposition called a massacre."
"President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared a national state of emergency but denied his forces were behind the shooting", the report added.
Yemen's President Saleh, who has been in power for for 32 years, said earlier he won't seek another term in office in 2013 but has vowed to defend his regime "with every drop of blood".
Anti government protesters have been demanding that government must do something to stop widespread corruption in government and to tackle issues on economic reforms including unemployment.
After weeks of sustained street protests, anti-government demonstrators have called for President Saleh to step down.
"The US, which supports Yemen’s government with $250m in military aid this year alone to battle one of al-Qaida’s most active franchises, condemned the attack on protesters", reports.
“Those responsible for today’s violence must be held accountable,” president Barack Obama said. He called on Mr Saleh to adhere to his public pledge to allow peaceful demonstrations, the report added.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for utmost restraint and reminded Yemen that the government has an obligation to protect civilians.
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