US 'deeply troubled' by Yemen violence

In statement, State Department spokeswoman calls for "prompt investigation" into deaths of civilians in Taez.


Afp November 13, 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States said Saturday it was "deeply troubled" by reports of attacks on civilians in the Yemeni flashpoint city of Taez, and urged all parties to exercise "maximum restraint."

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also called for a "prompt investigation" into the deaths of civilians in Taez, Yemen's second city located south of the capital Sanaa.

"We are deeply troubled by reports of attacks against civilians in the city of Taez. We extend our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives," Nuland said.

"We condemn violence by all parties in Yemen and call for all sides to exercise maximum restraint.

"We also call for a prompt investigation into the circumstances of these attacks and for those responsible to be brought to justice."

On Friday, government forces shelled a protest site in Taez, killing 15 civilians, including at least three women and three children, according to medics. At least 40 other people were wounded.

The violence erupted when security forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh began shelling areas around Freedom Square, the epicenter of the protest movement in Taez.

Witnesses blamed the violence on the Republican Guard, an elite unit commanded by Saleh's son Ahmed, accusing it of firing tank and artillery rounds into a crowd of protesting civilians.

The violence continued Saturday as armed tribesmen who have thrown their support behind the protest movement clashed with government troops in the city's Hassab district, witnesses said.

"If President Saleh cares about Yemen's future and the well-being of the Yemeni people, he must immediately initiate a full transfer of power" within the framework of a Gulf peace plan, Nuland said.

The spokeswoman called on Saleh to make good on his promise to step down "without delay."

COMMENTS (2)

MarkH | 10 years ago | Reply

@ur reality is ........: Oh, no, that's like an aphrodisiac for us. You should see the drone "pilots" every Wednesday. They blindfold themselves and play pin the tail on the terrorist for giggles. If they hit one they get a free turn and if they miss them and hit a civilian they're given a raise. But, if they don't hit anything they get suspended.

Don't get feeling too important. They're just generic statements. Remember to look under your bed and in your closet before you go to bed. The one night you don't, and we know because we're always watching you since you're so important, we'll be there.

ur reality is ........ | 10 years ago | Reply

US 'deeply troubled'

R u troubled by death & destruction in Iraq and elsewhere? Some have no shame.

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