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Nine dead, 90 wounded in Yemen protest

2011-12-24 19:16

Sana'a - At least nine people were killed and 90 others wounded when forces loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on Saturday on protesters in the capital Sana'a demanding he face trial, a medical source said.

Mohammed al-Qubati, a doctor at a field hospital that has treated protesters during 11 months of mass demonstrations against Saleh, said about 150 other people were wounded by tear gas canisters troops fired, or incapacited from inhaling gas.

Meanwhile, the embattled president, who is set to stand down in February, told reporters on Saturday he is planning a stay in the US in the coming days.

"I will travel to the United States in the coming days, not for treatment, because I am well, but in order to create favourable conditions ... for the presidential election" set for February 21, he told a news conference in Sana'a.