One Killed, 7 Injured in South Yemen Protest: Source
    2010-02-14 00:38:56     Xinhua      Web Editor: Xu Fei
 
A Yemeni was killed and seven others were injured on Saturday in clashes that took place during a protest in southern Yemen, a local source told Xinhua.

Fighting erupted between protestors and police in al-Hawta city, capital of Lahij province, leaving a protestor dead and seven people injured, including five policemen, the source said.

The confrontation broke out when police tried to disperse protestors who rallied in the city's main street, the source added.

A security official confirmed that a number of casualties occurred. Yet, he said secessionists are to blame.

Separatist elements blocked the roads, opened fire randomly and hurled a grenade at a security patrol, killing a citizen and injuring others, Hawta security director Ali Ammar was quoted by the ruling party's website, al-Motamar, as saying.

There has been repeated clashes in southern Yemen between separatists and government forces as the southerners accuse the government of leaning toward the northerners and being indifferent to their problems, especially in regard to the development process.

Northern and southern Yemen were unified in 1990 according to a deal between the People's General Congress and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart, leading to a crisis between the two allies, which developed into a civil war in 1994.

The socialists in south were then crushed by the army of current President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Voices rise in the south, calling for disengagement from the north and the restoration of the southern state.
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