World Bulletin / News Desk
Security forces opened fire to disperse secessionist protesters in the south Yemen port of Aden and a nearby town on Thursday, killing at least six people, medical sources and witnesses said.
Witnesses said the security forces shot at dozens of secessionists in Aden as they staged a rally against Saleh's successor, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a northerner, on the anniversary of his election.
A local security official said one person had died, without elaborating. Witnesses and medical sources said four people were killed, all men, with about 40 people wounded.
In al-Dalea, a security official and an activist were killed in clashes involving southern separatists, medical sources and witnesses told Reuters.
Spokesmen for the security services and the government were not immediately available for comment.
North and South Yemen unified in 1990 when the collapse of the Soviet Union undermined the communist south's economy. But political harmony was short-lived and an attempted southern secession in 1994 prompted civil war.
The separatists gathered on Thursday to protest against the holding of celebrations by Hadi's supporters in Aden, the former capital of independent South Yemen, intended to mark the completion of his first year in power.
A witness said the military brought in armoured vehicles to Aden's Khor al-Maksar and Crater neighbourhoods where most of the protests were taking place.Last Mod: 21 Şubat 2013, 16:04