Yemeni security forces and pro-government loyalists clashed with crowds demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule in several cities on Friday. At least five people were killed and dozens wounded.
Tens of thousands of dissidents also thronged the city of Taiz, 200 kilometers south of Sanaa, the capital. Two were killed and six wounded, two critically, when a hand grenade thrown from a car exploded in the crowd, witnesses said. “It’s shameful the government resorts to such tactics, but it won’t scare us,” said a protester who asked not to be named.
Saleh, a U.S. ally against a Yemen-based al-Qaida wing that has launched attacks at home and abroad, is struggling to end month-old protests flaring across his impoverished country.
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