civilians wounded by gunfire in the mass demonstration calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Twelve people were killed and dozens injured on Saturday when security forces in plain clothes and loyal to the government launched a coordinated attack to open fire in a mass rally in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
repression decreased the hopes of a negotiated political solution to the revolt of nine months and fears that the poor country could move towards civil war.
In an effort to increase pressure on its autocratic leader, who recently returned from Saudi Arabia after being treated for injuries sustained in an assassination attempt, the protesters launched a campaign intensified, Mass calling for a demonstration on Saturday.
At noon, a crowd of 100,000 men, women and children left the protest camp of tents, called Plaza de change, and in the city. As they walked deeper into the dusty streets of Sanaa, a barrage of bullets fired by snipers on nearby buildings fell on the crowd. As the shooting intensified, the young men on motorcycles appeared beaten and began transporting the wounded out of combat.
few blocks away, the soldiers could see the distribution of steel bars to crowds of government supporters in civilian closed and started throwing stones at the demonstrators.
But violence seemed to embolden protesters, who went ahead and entered the heart of the city. Young men tore his shirt, which bears the chest to the security forces, as the crowd roared:
"Oh Ali Saleh, the courts are waiting for you."
blood flowed in the walls of a nearby mosque turned into a field hospital in the change of the Plaza, where a group of doctors and medical students struggling to find space on the ground, not to mention medical supplies to dozens of wounded was Mohammed Al-Qubati, a doctor working in a field hospital, told the Observer that people were dying because of "lack of medical supplies."
Among the wounded on Saturday was a cameraman for Al-Jazeera in Arabic which was shot in the knee. Three cameramen were shot in the last month, raising fears that the plan may be deliberately targeted.
repression Saturday comes just days before the vote by the Security Council on a new UN resolution calling for the immediate resignation of Saleh, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Saleh, who has returned to Sana'a on Friday, was transferred to Saudi Arabia in June for emergency treatment after the explosion of a bomb that destroyed the mosque in his presidential compound. His long stay in Riyadh gave false hope to some that he could resign and allow a peaceful transition of power.
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