Yemen Protesters Attacked By Regime Loyalists

By Salon Staff

Published December 23, 2011 7:18PM (EST)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Soldiers and other supporters of Yemen's president have attacked anti-government protesters in the capital. A medic says 10 protesters were injured, including one with serious gunshot wounds.

They were gathering to greet a large group of protesters marching to the capital from the city of Taiz, about 44 miles (70 kilometers) to the south. The four-day march is due to reach Sanaa on Saturday.

They are protesting a plan to grant President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down.

Protester Abdel-Hadi al-Azazi says they were attacked Friday by stick-wielding civilians. Then, troops loyal to Saleh fired at them.

The medic who gave the casualty figure spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to brief journalists.

Salon Staff

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