Government Supporters Attack Yemen Protesters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Witnesses say the government supporters carried sticks, knives and guns.

Yemeni riot police charge towards anti-government demonstrators during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Anti-government demonstrators clashed with supporters of Yemen's longtime ruler and riot police, who fired tear gas and shots in the air to disperse the crowd on what organizers called a "Friday of Rage" across the country. In the city of Taiz, what appeared to be a hand grenade was thrown at a group of protesters, seriously wounding at least eight people in the blast and stampede that followed, witnesses said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Witnesses say government supporters wielding sticks, knives and guns attacked opposition protesters camped out at a main square in a southern Yemeni port, injuring hundreds.
They say about 10,000 supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh marched on and attacked about 4,000 anti-government protesters in southern al-Hudaydah port on the Red Sea. Police intervened to separate the sides but fired tear gas mostly at the protesters.
Witnesses say the injured, most of them suffering from gas inhalation, were taken to hospitals. The witnesses claim the attackers were secret police and "government thugs." They spoke on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals.
Yemen has been rocked by a month of daily street demonstrations, with protesters demanding Saleh step down after 32 years in power.

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