(Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said protesters demanding an end to his 32-year rule could not achieve their goal through “anarchy and killing,” after nationwide unrest which has killed 12 people since Thursday.
In the latest violence, soldiers shot dead a teenager in the southern port city of Aden on Monday. Four others were wounded when the troops fired on youths throwing stones at their patrol.
Most of the deaths have been in Aden, where many people resent being ruled from the north. But poverty, corruption and soaring unemployment have fueled protest against Saleh’s government across the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest state.
Protesters, inspired by the overthrow of veteran leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, have demonstrated in the capital Sanaa and thousands have held sit-ins in several Yemeni cities.