Soldiers 'shoot dead' 20 Yemeni protestors

Soldiers 'shoot dead' 20 Yemeni protestors

Soldiers loyal to Yemen’s embattled president have stormed a protest camp in a southern city and fired on the crowds indiscriminately, killing at least 20 people, a medical official has said.

The city of Taiz has been a hotbed of anti-government protests since crowds began calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure in early February.

Sadek al-Shugaa, the head of a field hospital at the protest camp in Taiz, witnessed today’s crackdown and says the Republican Guard forces backed by tanks moved in before dawn to clear the square.

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