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Yemeni ceasefire breached by shelling

Yemeni government forces on Wednesday fired mortars at tens of thousands of mourners at funerals held for protesters killed in clashes, shattering a cease-fire negotiated a day earlier to end the Arab nation’s latest bout of deadly violence.

world Updated: Sep 21, 2011 23:32 IST

Yemeni government forces on Wednesday fired mortars at tens of thousands of mourners at funerals held for protesters killed in clashes, shattering a cease-fire negotiated a day earlier to end the Arab nation’s latest bout of deadly violence.

The shelling killed three people and wounded at least 16.

The mourners were gathered for funeral prayers for anti-government protesters killed in a three-day government crackdown in which the death toll topped 80 — a sudden spike in violence explained by protesters’ impatience with their longtime president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Also in Sanaa, the headquarters of the renegade 1st Armoured Division came under heavy shelling from government forces.