Report: Yemen Killed 120 In Arab Spring Protest

Published February 8, 2012 4:09PM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yemen's president ordered a crackdown on Arab Spring protesters last year that killed at least 120 people in just one city, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

The report is based on interviews with more than 170 Yemeni experts and witnesses to the violence and provides more detail than the sketchy reports that trickled out of Yemen last year.

Human Rights Watch says its interviews confirmed 120 killings in Yemen's second-largest city, Taiz, with 57 protesters and bystanders killed in attacks on rallies and 63 civilians killed in shellings and other attacks on opposition tribal fighters. At least 22 of the dead were children, the group says.

The New York-based human rights watchdog says it counted at least 270 deaths nationwide in Yemen last year but says the true total might be far higher.

By Salon Staff

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