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Yemeni Security Forces Slaughter Over 50 Peaceful Demonstrators in Taiz

Yemeni security forces have massacred more than 50 peaceful protesters attending a sit-in in the city of Taiz. According to Sky News, hundreds more were injured when Yemeni army, Republican Guards and other pro-government forces attacked the protest camp in Horriya Square with water cannon, bulldozers and live ammunition.

Slaughter in Taiz. (Photo: Franco Pecchio)

More than 100 people were also arrested.

Navi Pillay, the United Nations human rights chief, condemned the violence.

“Such reprehensible acts of violence and indiscriminate attacks on unarmed civilians by armed security officers must stop immediately,” he declared.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, denounced the killings and said “reports of attacks on medical facilities are appalling.”

“The continued repression by the Yemeni regime and grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law cannot be accepted,” he said. “Those responsible must be held accountable.”

Ashton also renewed her call for Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, which he vowed to do within 30 days of April 23. He appears to have broken that pledge.

Meanwhile, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is reporting that al-Qaeda fighters have killed 13 Yemeni soldiers in an attack on a military checkpoint and a convoy near the southern town of Zinjibar.

Heavy fighting is also reported in the capital city of Sanaa between forces loyal to President Saleh and fighters from the powerful Hashid tribe.

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