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16 die in Yemen camp sniper attack

A Yemeni medic says 16 people have died as government forces and snipers attacked an opposition protest camp in the capital Sanaa.

Mohammed al-Qabatis says troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to storm the protesters' encampment in the early hours of Saturday.

The camp on Change Square has been epicentre of Yemen's uprising and daily sit-ins to demand Saleh's ousting.

Al-Qabatis, who works at a field hospital set up in the camp, says the dead included 15 civilians and one soldier who had joined the opposition movement. He says 54 people were also wounded in the attack.

The latest bloodshed came a day after Saleh's sudden return to Yemen after more than three months of being treated in Saudi Arabia.

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