By NY Staff
Yemeni security forces shot and killed one activist and wounded at least four other people on Saturday during clashes with southern separatists, witnesses said.
Saturday’s clashes erupted in the southern port of Aden when protesters demanded the release of activists detained during fighting that killed six people on 21 Feb., the first anniversary of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s election.
Protesters are demanding that security forces responsible for opening fire on demonstrators be put on trial.
Security forces who arrived at Saturday’s protest in the city’s al-Mansoura district, opened fire at stone-throwing youths and armed men in the crowd, witnesses said.
A 23-year-old youth was killed and four other people were injured by live rounds, said medics. The casualties were taken to a private hospital for treatment to avoid being subjected to questioning by security forces.
President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has stated that he will not allow anyone to tamper with Aden governorate’s stability and security.
According to President Hadi, the wheel of change and transition will continue moving forward, especially since it is enjoying local, regional and international support.
“Yemen is a perfect model for extricating itself from the crises which erupted in 2011,” he stated.
He also noted that all citizens in Aden should cooperate with each other so as to maintain security in the governorate.