Several Protesters Killed In Yemen Cities

At least nine peole protesting against the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, have been killed by security forces and snipers after they opened fire on thousands of anti-government demonstrations in several cities across the country.

In the capital Sanaa, forces fired on a crowd of tens of thousands marching to the cabinet building.

At least six demonstrators died, and around 100 were wounded, said a doctor heading a makeshift clinic for wounded protesters at the scene.

The doctor, who wished to remain anonymous, said the number of dead could rise.

"The snipers were shooting at the people," Talal al-Hamadi, a protester, said. "People rushed and some fell over each other. There was a stampede."

Cities paralyzed In the industrial centre of Taiz, snipers killed two protesters and dozens were injured by gunfire, tear gas and bat-wielding plainclothes security men.

Demonstrators stormed the police station where gunfire which killed the second protester had come from, activist Ghazi al-Samai said.

Sami said protesters seized an officer who they accused of shooting the fatal bullet and handed him over to the prosecutor's office.

He said that protesters then started setting tyres on fire in many streets and took control of three government buildings, including the oil ministry.

Residents said the city of 540,000 people was effectively paralysed.

"Stores are closed and the streets are completely empty of pedestrians, only protesters are around in the areas they are confronting [security forces]," Taiz resident Wajdi Abdullah said

In the Red Sea port city of Hudaida, one protester was killed when security forces opened fire after marchers tried to force their way into a government building, witnesses.

Another protester was killed by police in Dhamar, 100km south of Sanaa, as security forces opened fire on a demonstration, medics and