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Yemeni forces storm protest camp

Yemeni forces have stormed the main square in a southern city to forcibly evict a two-month-old encampment of 1,500 anti-government protesters, eyewitnesses said.

Security forces armed with heavy weapons moved in during the early hours of Saturday to evict the protesters from Aden's al-Mansoura district.

In response, demonstrators later marched through several neighbourhoods. Gunfire and the wail of ambulance sirens could be heard throughout the city.

Hundreds of thousands have protested around Yemen for months, calling for long-serving president Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign.

A delegation from the neighbouring Gulf Co-operation Council is meeting Mr Saleh to invite him to the Saudi capital to sign a deal for him to step down in return for immunity from prosecution.

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