More deadly repression in Yemen; refugees flee Syria

At least nine were killed and more than 100 wounded as troops opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Sanaa, capital of Yemen, on April 27. Violence broke out as troops moved in to disperse a demonstration to call for the immediate ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hundreds of young activists protested outside the Saudi embassy to oppose the plan brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council that calls for Saleh’s staggered exit from power. “Youth of the revolt reject the Gulf initiative,” said a banner carried by the protesters outside the embassy. (Middle East Online, April 28)

As repression spreads in Syria, hundreds have fled the country on foot into northern Lebanon over the past day. Most seem to have come from the Syrian border town of Tall Kalakh, apparently the scene of an uprising being brutally put down by security forces. The refugees, mostly women and children, carried mattresses and their belongings as they entered Lebanon through an unofficial border crossing in the Wadi Khaled region, according to officials in Lebanon’s northern district of Akkar. (AFP, April 28)

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