More protesters killed in Yemen; regime using “poison gas”?

Two protesters died in Yemen on March 13, a day after being shot by police in the southern city of Aden, raising the death toll to seven in demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. There were also disturbing reports from the capital, Sanaa, of protesters passing out and going into convulsions after inhaling gas fired by police. “This isn’t tear gas,” said Iraqi doctor Hussein al-Joshaai, a nerve specialist who was at the scene. “This is poison gas that disables the nervous and respiratory systems.” Another doctor, Abdulwahab al-Inssi, said: “Those wounded today couldn’t have been hit by tear gas grenades. They are suffering spasms.” The interior ministry denied the allegations as “baseless slander.” (Middle East Online, March 13)

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