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Yemeni women burn veils in protest

2011-10-26 15:21

Sana'a - Hundreds of Yemeni women have set fire to a pile of traditional female veils to protest the government's brutal crackdown against the country's popular uprising.

The act of women burning their clothing is a symbolic Bedouin tribal gesture signifying an appeal for help to tribesmen.

Wednesday's protest in the capital Sana’a comes as clashes intensify between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and renegade fighters who have sided with the opposition in demands that the president step down.

Medical and local officials say up to 25 civilians, tribal fighters and government soldiers died overnight in Sana’a and the city of Taiz despite Saleh's ceasefire announcement late on Tuesday.

Saleh has clung to power in the face of more than eight months of massive protests against his rule.