9 dead in Yemen clashes

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Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh shelled the country’s second largest city Taez early on Friday, killing nine people, among them two women and a child, witnesses said. “The bombing killed nine people this morning (Friday), all of them civilians,” a medical source said, adding that two women and a nine-year-old child were among those killed and that dozens of other people were wounded. Security forces began operations shortly after midnight in the area of Freedom Square, where demonstrators had rallied to call for the fall of the regime, witnesses said.