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State of Emergency Declared In Yemen, At Least 30 Killed


(RFE/RL) — President Ali Abdullah Saleh has declared a state of emergency in Yemen, as government forces opened fire on antigovernment protesters in the capital, Sanaa, today, killing and injuring many.

Medics at a makeshift hospital said at least 30 people were killed and 100 injured.

Witnesses said government forces and government loyalists started shooting at the protesters as demonstrators gathered at a square outside Sanaa University after Friday Prayers.

Protesters have camped out in Sanaa and other cities for over a month to demand Saleh step down after 32 years in power.

The protests were inspired by popular uprisings that toppled the longtime autocratic leaders of Tunisia and Egypt.

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