Yemeni dictator causes bloodbath again

This video says about itself:

28 April 2011

At least 10 people are dead after pro government gunmen opened fire on protesters in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday.

The United States-supported regime of dictator Saleh in Yemen is having a bloodbath among pro-democracy demonstrators again today, after earlier bloodbaths.

From the live blogging today at EA WorldView blog:

1510 GMT: Journalist Tom Finn at the field hospital in Yemen‘s capital Sana’a: “Inside the field hospital, blood all over the floor, dead bodies being piled up, doctor tells me death toll is 22 so far. White clothes being laid over the corpses. Women & men sobbing. Very little room left inside the field hospital/mosque.”

1450 GMT: Freelance journalist Tom Finn writes from a field hospital in the Yemeni capital Sana’a after the attack on protesters by regime forces, “I can count 20 dead bodies, more are being brought in.”

Earlier Al Arabiya reports that Saleh forces attacked the home of opposition tribal leader Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar in the Hasaba section of Sana’a. An al-Ahmar source said the troops used machine guns and mortars. The source said, “The shelling is targeting us from several directions but we have not responded as sheikh Sadiq has given us orders not to respond.”

1445 GMT: We are waiting for confirmed information before putting out a casualty total, but it appears that scores have been wounded in Change Square in the Yemeni capital Sana’a by forces loyal to President Saleh (see 1415 GMT for video). One journalist writes, “Gunshots still firing. Ambulance driver shouting “only those with bullet wounds!” scores passed out on the ground from tear gas.” An activist sends the message, “The makeshift hospital in change sq. in #Sanaa sends an emergency call to all doctors to join becuz of the huge number of injuries.”

At least 20 anti-government demonstrators killed as forces loyal to Ali Abudllah Saleh open fire in the capital Sanaa: here.

This video from Yemen today records the “Arrival of martyrs & wounded at Sanaa Change Square field hospital. Some are decapitated”.

A massacre is being witnessed live, tweet by tweet, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Yemeni Security forces opened fire on protesters, killing at least 22 and injuring hundreds more so far. The horror is being streamed on a live feed, watched by hundreds of shocked viewers around the world: here.

At least 26 people have been confirmed dead and several hundred wounded in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, after government forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at tens of thousands of protesters calling for the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The president is currently in Saudi Arabia after surviving a bomb attack in June and last week agreed to begin negotiations over a transfer of power, but many protesters believe that the move is just another delaying tactic: here.

Thousands of demonstrators stormed Sanaa’s main university on the first day of the new term on Saturday preventing classes from starting and tearing down pictures of President Ali Abdullah Saleh: here.

Saudi Arabia sending tanks to Yemen: here.

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  1. Yemeni forces open fire on protesters, 26 killed

    By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press – 2 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital demanding ouster of their longtime ruler, killing at least 26 and wounding dozens, medical officials and witnesses said.

    After nightfall, Sanaa sank into complete darkness after a sudden power outage, as protesters took control of a vital bridge, halting traffic and setting up tents. Thousands of other protesters attacked government buildings and set fires to buildings they said were used by snipers and pro-government thugs.

    The attack was the deadliest in months against protesters and comes as tensions have been escalating in the long, drawn-out stalemate between the regime and the opposition. The president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, left for Saudi Arabia for treatment after being severely wounded in a June 3 attack on his palace, raising hopes for his swift removal — but instead, he has dug in, refusing to step down.

    The protest movement has stepped up demonstrations the past week, angered after Saleh deputized Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to negotiate a power-transfer deal. Many believe the move is just the latest of many delaying tactics.

    At the same time, greater numbers of the powerful Republican Guards force, led by Saleh’s son and heir apparent Ahmed and armed regime supporters have also been turning out in the streets in recent days, raising fears of a new bloody confrontation.

    More than 100,000 protesters massed Sunday around the state radio building and government offices, witnesses said. When the crowd began to march toward the nearby Presidential Palace, security forces opened fire and shot tear gas canisters, they said. Snipers fired down at the crowd from nearby rooftops, and plainclothes Saleh supporters armed with automatic rifles, swords and batons attacked the protesters. Protesters took control of a main bridge, closed off the entrances and set fire to tents in a camp used by pro-government forces.

    “This peaceful protest was confronted by heavy weapons and anti-aircraft guns,” said Mohammed al-Sabri, an opposition spokesman. He vowed that the intensifying protests “will not stop and will not retreat.”

    At the neighborhood of al-Zubairi in the heart of Sanaa, troops opened fire at an anti-government force, the 1st Armored Division led by Maj. Gen. Ali al-Ahmar, who defected to the opposition along with his 50,000 troops several months ago.

    Witnesses said al-Ahmar’s forces engaged in the fighting Sunday for the first time, but Abdel-Ghani al-Shemari, spokesman for al-Ahmar division denied that and said they are “maintaining self-restraint.”

    Tarek Noaman, a doctor at Sanaa field hospital, said that 26 protesters were shot dead and more than 200 were wounded. “Most of the injuries are at the chest, shoulder, head and face,” he said, and said 25 of injured protesters were in critical condition.

    He accused security forces of preventing ambulances from evacuating the wounded and collecting bodies of the slain protesters.

    A Yemeni opposition television network carried live video of men carrying injured protesters on stretchers, including a motionless man whose face was covered with blood and eyes wrapped with bandages. Other young men were lying on the floor in the chaotic field hospital. Men on motorcycles rushed the injured from the square to field hospital.

    Protesters throwing stones managed to break through security force lines and advance to near the Yemeni Republican Palace at the heart of Sanaa, turning the clashes with the security forces into street battles.

    The Youth Revolution committee, which leads the protests, called on Yemenis to rally “day and night and everywhere in Yemen until we topple the remnants of the regime.”

    The Yemeni state news agency Saba quoted a security official as saying that the Muslim Brotherhood rallied “unlicensed protests” near the university of Sanaa, and “the militia threw firebombs at a power station, setting it on fire.”

    Though Saleh has been in Saudi Arabia since June, he has resisted calls to resign. Last week he deputized his vice president to discuss a Gulf-mediated, U.S.-backed deal under which he would step down in return for immunity from prosecution. Saleh has already backed away three times from signing the deal.

    The U.S. once saw Saleh as a key ally in the battle against the dangerous Yemen-based al-Qaida branch, which has taken over parts of southern Yemen under cover of the political turmoil in the country. The U.S. withdrew its support of Saleh as the protests gained strength.

    Later Sunday, Abdullah Oubal, a leading opposition member, charged that the violence was linked to the power deal.

    “This is intentional. The hawks within the ruling regime are trying to abort efforts to seal the deal,” he said.

    Demonstrations also took place Sunday in many other Yemeni cities, including Taiz, Saada, Ibb and Damar.

    Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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