Rosenthal concerned over developments in Yemen

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has expressed his growing concern about developments in Yemen. ‘I am horrified at the violence used against peaceful protesters in Sana’a today, which in some cases even resulted in death. I will certainly discuss the matter with my colleagues in Brussels. We must condemn this violence unequivocally. The continuing demonstrations show that the people of Yemen want rapid progress towards effective democracy based on the rule of law.’

On Friday 18 March, according to Al Jazeera, around fifty demonstrators were shot dead and hundreds were injured in the Yemeni capital. It is still not clear who opened fire on the demonstrators, who were demanding the departure of President Saleh. The President has declared a state of emergency.