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Five killed in Yemen

world Updated: Oct 17, 2011 01:45 IST

Security forces fired on protesters in Yemen on Sunday, killing at least five people, hospital officials said, as Yemenis waited for international action to force President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Witnesses said security forces attacked the protesters as they tried to enter Zubayri Street, which lies between two areas controlled by government forces and the powerful tribal leader Sadeq al-Ahmar.

Security forces fear that protesters could block off the street in the city.

“Until now, we have four martyrs and 13 injured by bullets,” said Dr Muhammad al-Qubati, head of a field hospital set up by protesters on Sixty Street in the capital Sanaa.