Over 50 killed since Sunday in Yemen's Taez: UN

31st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

More than 50 people have been killed since Sunday by pro-regime forces crushing a sit-in demonstration in Yemen's Taez, the UN human rights office said Tuesday.

"The UN human rights office has received reports... that more than 50 people have been killed since Sunday in Taez by Yemeni army, Republican Guards and other government-affiliated elements who forcibly destroyed the protest camp in Horriya Square using water cannons, bulldozers and live ammunition," said the office in a statement.

"Reports indicate that hundreds more have been injured," it said.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned the attacks and urged all sides to stop using force.

"Such reprehensible acts of violence and indiscriminate attacks on unarmed civilians by armed security officers must stop immediately," said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

At least 100 people are also believed to have been arrested over the weekend, while dozens others are unaccounted for.

© 2011 AFP

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