At least 26 people were shot dead and hundreds wounded yesterday when security forces
fired on demonstrators who charged police lines in Yemen's capital Sanaa, in a dramatic
escalation of protests against President Ali Saleh.
Protesters marched on
the presidential palace on Sunday to call for an end to the 33 year rule of President
Ali Saleh, but were met by the power of the security forces in the capital Sanaa who
opened fire leaving 26 people dead.
It was the worst violence in Yemen for
Witnesses said they saw security forces fire at protesters
from buildings and use water cannon and tear gas to hold back tens of thousands of
demonstrators, while the government accused some of the protesters of throwing petrol
bombs at police cars.
Doctors in the capital estimated some 342 had suffered
gunshot wounds, with 36 in a critical condition.
Speaking on Al Jazeera, Tarak
Nomaan who is a Doctor at a field hospital in Sanaa described the situation they were
Gunfire and explosions continued to be heard late into the night
and protesters vowed to continue demonstrations on Monday.
While the calls
for President Saleh to go are stepped up, the President still clings to power and
is residing in Saudi Arabia while he recovers from a June assassination attempt. Listen