Five killed as Yemenis protest against president immunity
Loyalists of Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed five people in the capital Sanaa on Thursday, after they protested against a power transfer accord that promises Saleh immunity from prosecution, medics said. According to AFP, the five died by live ammunition, medics at a field hospital set up in the capital's Change (Taghyir) Square said.
Over 30 others were hurt, the medics added.
Activists had called for a mass rally to protest against the promise of immunity granted under an agreement with the parliamentary opposition, which the veteran leader signed in Riyadh on Wednesday.
The protesters also chanted slogans against the Common Forum parliamentary opposition bloc led by the Islamist al Islah, or Reform, party.
In Yemen's second-largest city, Taez "hundreds of thousands" took to the streets with similar demands Thursday, protest organizers conveyed.