Feb 17, 2011 4:50 AM by Bea Karnes

Thousands of Yemenis protest nationwide

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Security forces have clashed with anti-government protesters in Yemen on the seventh consecutive day of demonstrations calling for the ouster of the president, a key U.S. ally.

Witnesses say government supporters wielding batons and daggers were also involved in fighting with protesters trying to move to downtown squares in Sanaa, the capital.

Clashes were reported Thursday in several other towns, including the port city of Aden. Protesters have taken inspiration from the toppling of autocratic leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.

The official news agency, Saba, says longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh chaired a meeting of the army's top officers Wednesday night to discuss the turmoil.


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