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Yemeni Protester Shot Dead in Sana'a

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TEHRAN, May 19 (ICANA) – At least one anti-government protester has been killed after Yemeni security forces opened fire on demonstrators in the capital as the government and opposition have reportedly come close to signing a deal.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:41:11 PM
Yemeni Protester Shot Dead in Sana'a

Many others were also wounded during clashes between anti-government tribesmen and the Republican Guards in Nihm district of Sana'a on Wednesday.

Witnesses say the Republican Guards' forces used heavy weapons against protesters demanding the immediate ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for almost 33 years.

Similar anti-Saleh protest rallies were also held in the cities of Taizz, Aden and Ibb, but so far there were no reports of clashes or casualties.

Since the beginning of anti-government protests in Yemen in late January, protesters have staged massive rallies across the country on a nearly daily basis.

The fresh protests came as Yemeni government and the opposition said they have agreed to sign a deal for transition of power designed to end the country's months-long crisis.

Political rivals are expected to sign the deal, brokered by the Persian Gulf Arab states, on Wednesday.

The opposition says they have agreed to sign the deal after certain modifications were made in the original version, including the requirement for Saleh to sign the document in his capacity as president and not merely as the leader of the ruling General People's Congress (GPC).

"After American, European and Arab efforts, there was agreement by the president on the [P]GCC initiative after simple changes, and the signing will be today," Reuters quoted an opposition official Yahya Abu Usbua as saying on Wednesday.

According to local reports, at least 300 protesters have been killed and many others injured during clashes with riot police and armed forces loyal to the embattled Yemeni president since anti-Saleh demonstrations began in late January.

The exit plan proposes the formation of a national unity government, Saleh transferring power to his vice president and submitting his resignation to parliament within 30 days in return for immunity from prosecution.

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