Escalation of Violence in Yemen

March 21, 2011

As most of the news have been focused on Libya, the violence by the security forces in Yemen have been intensified. On Friday a coordinated sniper attack on the anti-government protesters in Sana’a resulted in at least 40 people dead and more than 200 wounded. All the reports indicate that the sniper attack by the security forces was a deliberate shooting to kill protesters. Most likely the death tool will rise, since many of the protesters were shot in the head, chest and neck.

On Saturday, according to the news reports, police attacked protesters in Southern city of Aden resulted in wounding several of the protesters.

On Sunday large crowds joined burial procession of people who were killed on Friday

As protest to the escalation of violence, four cabinet ministers, including minister of human rights as well as the Yemen’s ambassador to the UN have resigned.

On Friday President Saleh declared a nationwide state of emergency and on Sunday he dismissed his cabinet amid continuing protests against his government.

Amnesty called such attacks deplorable and has called the Yemeni authorities to investigate and bring to justice those who ordered and carried such attacks.

The international community and the US must put pressure on the Yemeni leadership to take action to stop such attacks which causing increase in civilian death.