Yemen troops kills 11 pro-opposition soldiers
Friday, September 23, 2011
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni pro-opposition officer says troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh are attacking soldiers who sided with the opposition in the capital Sanaa, killing at least 11.
Abdel-Ghani al-Shimiri says mortars are raining down on the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division, led by Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar who backs the opposition's demands for Saleh's ouster.
He says the shelling has also wounded 112 pro-opposition soldiers.
Al-Shimiri says government forces are also moving to clear the opposition encampment on Change Square, which has been the epicenter of Yemen's uprising. He says street battles are raging Saturday between rival groups of the military.
Earlier in the day, 16 people died as government forces attacked the protest camp at the square.