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    March 13, 2011 -- Riot police in Yemen have been accused of firing toxic gas on protesters, as political unrest was continues in the Middle East. Up to five people, including a teenage boy, were killed in clashes between security forces and anti-government demonstrators across the country. In the capital Sanaa, fighting broke out on Saturday when police moved in on a camp occupied by protesters in the city centre. The demonstrators want president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years, to step down. Officers fired live bullets, tear gas and water cannons while the crowds responded with a hail of rocks. Doctors in Sanaa claimed the tear gas used against the protesters appeared to affect the nervous system. The accusation was dismissed by Yemen's interior ministry, but protesters were quick to erect banners labelling Mr Saleh "Chemical Ali". The U.S. government, which considers Mr Saleh an ally in its fight against an al Qaeda cell based in Yemen, said it was concerned by the increasing violence and called for calm. Up to 30 people have now been killed across the country since political unrest began two months ago. The protests have been inspired by recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, which saw leaders Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak forced from office. But President Saleh has refused to budge and instead offered to re-write the constitution and transfer powers to parliament.

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                          Vendredi 18 Mars 2011 -- Onze personnes ont été tuées et plus de cent blessées lors de tirs sur une manifestation réclamant le départ du président yéménite Ali Abdallah Saleh vendredi à Sanaa, selon un nouveau bilan de sources médicales.

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                            March 18, 2011 -- The Associated Press quotes Yemen doctors as saying at least 31 people have been killled by police shooting at anti-government protesters.

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