Yemeni forces fire on protesters

At least 15 killed reportedly by sniper fire

Security forces fired on protesters in Yemen calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday, killing at least 15 people according to local reports. The official death toll cannot be confirmed, as military police had reportedly removed the bodies of dead protesters from the streets. Snipers reportedly opened fire on demonstrators after they surrounded the governor’s headquarters in Taiz. Sniper fire was also reported in the city of Hudaida, Yemen’s fourth-largest city. The opposition Common Forum is calling for Saleh’s resignation, an interim government based on national reconciliation, making security forces accountable to the government, the establishment of an electoral commission, a boosting of civil liberties and an inquiry into the deaths of protesters. President Saleh refuses to stand down and called on protesters to end protests and remove roadblocks, saying any transition could only be made “through constitutional ways.”

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