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YEMEN: Security forces open fire on protesters [Updated]

March 12, 2011 |  3:32 am

Government security forces opened fire on protesters when they awoke for prayers near Sana University Saturday morning, killing one man and injuring hundreds, witnesses said.

Abdullah Ali Dahan, who was killed, had been a part of weeks of protests calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

[For the record at 11:57 a.m.: A previous version of this post identified the slain protester as Ahmed A. Manaiee. He was subsequently identified as Abdullah Ali Dahan.]

Security forces used tasers, tear gas and live ammunition against the protesters after they claimed additional space for a sit-in near Sana University, witnesses said.

The violence came one day after a large, peaceful demonstration in which nearly 100,000 protesters -- men, women and children -- flooded the streets of Yemen's capital calling for Saleh's ouster.

On Tuesday, two protesters were killed when the army fired live ammunition and tear gas into a demonstration in front of Sana University, according to medics on the scene. More than 30 protesters have died in Yemen since demonstrations began early last month, according to human rights groups.

-- Haley Sweetland Edwards in Sana, Yemen