Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fifty Killed in Yemen Protest

At least fifty people have been killed since Sunday in the deteriorating situation in Yemen. The country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula has seen increasing violence, including the takeover of one town by al Qaeda-linked extremists.

Now it appears that the situation is boiling out of control:
The UN said reports indicated that those in Taiz had been killed by "Yemeni army, Republican Guards and other government-affiliated elements who forcibly destroyed the protest camp in Horriya Square using water cannons, bulldozers and live ammunition".

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has urged all parties to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, saying that the "bloodshed must stop".

"Such reprehensible acts of violence and indiscriminate attacks on unarmed civilians by armed security officers must stop immediately. Further violence will only yield more insecurity and move the country further away from a resolution to this political crisis," she said.

The situation is one step away from a civil war.

Cross-posted at WorldThreats.

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