Death Toll Reaches 20 in Yemen Election Violence

Published February 23rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Five more people, including two policemen, have been shot dead in clashes to the west and southeast of Sanaa, bringing to 20 the number of people killed in election-related violence, police said Friday, quoted by AFP. 

"Two policemen and two citizens were killed overnight in Al-Hamiya district, near the capital" during clashes between supporters of the opposition Islamic reform party Al-Islah and the ruling General People's Congress (GPC), they said. 

The agency said that the deaths lift to seven the number of people killed in Al-Hamiya after three policemen were shot dead Thursday by Al-Islah militants at a vote counting center. 

Violence was renewed in Yemen following the municipal elections and a referendum on constitutional reform. 

The casualties are on top of ten deaths on election day Tuesday, according to the Supreme Election Committee.  

However, security officials speaking on condition of anonymity said 13 people were killed on election day, according to The Associated Press.  

AFP said Thursday that two newly-elected opposition representatives and three policemen were reported killed in clashes in Yemen as counting continued in the polls, amid opposition cries of foul. 

The Islamic reform party Al-Islah was quoted as saying in a statement that Faisal al-Dimma was killed at Al-Qafr, in Ibb province 193 kilometers (120 miles) south of Sanaa, after being declared elected. 

The statement alleged that he was dragged by members of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling General People's Congress (GPC) to a party headquarters in the village and murdered. 

A senior official of the Nasserite Unionist Party meanwhile told AFP that Mohamed Moqbal Jarun was murdered overnight Wednesady in the province of Al-Bayda, 170 kilometers southeast of Sanaa, as he was leading by 700 votes with the last ballot box being counted. 

He was killed by shots fired from within the counting center, the official alleged, also calling on police to arrest those responsible, whom he did not identify. 

In another incident Thursday police said three policemen were shot dead Thursday by militants of Al-Islah west of Sanaa, police said – 



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