Sept. 20 - The death toll from violence in Yemen's capital rises further as government troops exchange fire with soldiers opposed to the president. Paul Chapman reports.
These are the casualties of Yemen's deadliest crackdown yet, against pro-democracy protestors in Sanaa. At least 56 have been killed in two days. They include at least one child and a cameraman working for a Saudi tv channel. A mosque was transformed into a makeshift hospital, to cope with the influx of wounded. Doctors said at least 187 protestors were hurt. SOUNDBITE: Doctor Tareq Noman saying (Arabic): "The main problem is that we don't have enough hospitals. The five that we had are full. Operating theatres are also full. The second problem is a decrease in medical supplies and medical disposables carried out to the field hospital. Unfortunately the government forces prevented medical supplies from reaching the field hospital." The protestors stepped up their campaign on Sunday, calling for end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule. The government responded with heavy fire and snipers taking potshots at the demonstrators from rooftops. The crackdown has unleashed fierce gun battles between troops loyal to Saleh and supporters of General Ali Mohsen who defected to the opposition several months ago. An escalation into outright confrontation in Sanaa has raised fears that a political settlement under which Saleh would step down, would be even harder to achieve. Paul Chapman, Reuters