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Antigovernment Protests Continue In Yemen


(RFE/RL) — Unrest in Yemen entered its ninth day today as supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to disrupt an antigovernment protest in the capital, Sanaa.

There were no reported casualties.

The latest protest comes after five demonstrators were wounded during clashes with Saleh supporters and riot police on February 19. Witnesses say a protester was shot dead but the Interior Ministry denies the casualty.

On the previous day, five people were killed during protests against Saleh’s 32-year rule.

Saleh, a U.S. ally against a Yemen-based Al-Qaeda wing, has been struggling to end month-old protests against his regime.

Yemen also faces a southern separatist revolt. The north and south of the country formally united in 1990, but some in the south, home to many of Yemen’s oil facilities, say northerners have seized resources and discriminated against them.


Today, the family of a leader of Yemen’s secessionist Southern Movement, Hasan Baoum, was arrested in the southern port city of Aden by an “armed military group” and taken to an unknown location.

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