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Yemeni Troops Open Fire on Aden Protest

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TEHRAN, March 12 (ICANA) – At least two people have been killed after Yemeni security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Aden.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:30:07 AM
Yemeni Troops Open Fire on Aden Protest

Eighteen others were also wounded after security forces used teargas and live bullets to disperse thousands of protesters, demanding democratic change and marching towards Aden's Khor Maksar neighborhood where foreign consulates are located.

The violence came one day after embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh promised to protect demonstrators.

"We have ordered the security forces to continue to provide protection for all the protesters, whether they are supporters of our legitimacy or from the opposition," Saleh said on Thursday.

In the capital Sana'a thousands of anti-government protesters poured into the streets after attending the funeral procession of a protester who was shot dead on Wednesday when police stormed student demonstrators near Sana'a University.

Thousands of Yemeni women joined the Sana'a protests for the first time since the beginning of anti-government protest rallies in the country.

Anti-government protesters in Yemen demand the ouster of President Saleh, who has ruled the country since 1978.

On Thursday, after weeks of nationwide protests, the Yemeni president bowed to pressure from the opposition and announced plans to change the constitution to move to a parliamentary system. He also said a national unity government would be formed by the end of 2011 to oversee the process of constitutional reform.

The opposition, however, described the measures as too late, saying the demands of protesters were "bigger than that."

Since the beginning of anti-Saleh demonstrations, dozens of protesters have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured in clashes with security forces or supporters of President Saleh, who are armed with knives and batons.

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