Four killed in Yemen during anti-war protest
Demonstrations against the U.S.-led war in Iraq continued across the Arab world Friday with at least four protestors reported killed in clashes with Yemeni riot police.
Another seven people were injured, opposition sources said in Sanaa.
A crowd, estimated at 5,000 protestors, chanted anti-American slogans, called for jihad against Americans and for Arab oil to be used as a weapon.
Abdel Karim al-Khiwani, spokesman for the union of Yemeni opposition parties, which organized the protest, told UPI that police had opened fire to stop demonstrators from reaching the U.S. embassy.
An eyewitness said that an 11-year-old boy was among the dead. Leaflets called for President George W. Bush to be tried as a war criminal.
In Jerusalem, several hundred Muslim worshippers demonstrated in support of Iraq following Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque, Israeli police said.
The Director of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem, Adnan Husseni, said the demonstrators left peacefully and there were no casualties. Outside the Old City walls, police dispersed scores of demonstrators with a stun grenade and tear gas.
In Cairo, at least 5,000 Egyptians protested against the war, gathering outside the city's historic al-Azhar mosque after noon prayers.
Some worshippers chanting anti-American slogans hurled rocks and bits of furniture at riot police from the roof of the medieval mosque, which with its attached university is the most respected seat of Sunni Muslim learning.
In Mauritania in northwest Africa, police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of anti-war protesters, who poured on to the streets of the capital, Nouakchott, chanting "Bush is a butcher" after Friday Muslim prayers at the city's mosques. (Albawaba.com)
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