(SANA’A, Yemen) -- Social unrest in Yemen continued on Saturday, as demonstrators descended on Sana’a – the nation’s capital – calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
Thousands of protesters came out to Taghyeer Square Saturday, resulting in a clash with Yemeni security forces. Security personnel reportedly fired gas bombs at demonstrators, causing some to suffer severe seizures. A number of people could be seen lying on the ground in need of medical treatment, and reports say approximately one thousand demonstrators were injured in the clash.
President Saleh has been in office for 32 years and on Thursday, amid calls for him to leave office, he said he was willing to re-write the country’s constitution – a move that would give parliament a more powerful role. Opposition party officials rejected Saleh’s offer, demanding that he step down.
According to reports, about 30 people have been killed in the protests which began in January.
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