By RFE RL
(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.