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Seven protesters killed in Yemeni capital

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Sana’a, March 18 (IANS) At least seven protesters, including a child, were killed and over 100 injured when police opened fire on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters outside Sana’a University in the Yemeni capital Friday, said medics and witnesses.

“After the Friday prayers, police forces fired live ammunition at about 200,000 protesters, killing seven protesters, including a child, and injuring more than 100 others,” Xinhua quoted a witness Twific al-Yaziday as saying.

“The child was hit by a bullet in his head”, al-Yaziday said, adding that over 20 others were in critical condition.

Till Thursday, over 30 people had been killed in government crackdowns on the anti-government demonstrations which have shaken Yemen since Feb 11.

Encouraged by the uprising sweeping the region, Yemenis have been demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule as well as political and economic reforms.

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