18 protesters injured in Yemen

Sanaa, July 01: At least 18 protesters have been injured during clashes between policemen and thousands of anti-government protesters in western Yemen, witnesses say.

The violence broke out in al-Hudaydah province on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

Police fired into the air to disperse protesters demanding the establishment of a transitional council to rule the country in downtown al-Hudaydah city.

Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh was seriously injured in a rocket attack on his compound on June 3 and travelled to Saudi Arabia to receive medical treatment.

Following the relocation of Saleh, Yemeni people, who began anti-regime protests in January, have been demanding the formation of a transitional council.

Yemeni clerics and tribal leaders have expressed strong opposition against the return of Saleh, saying Saleh, who has maintained his grip on power in the country over the past 33 years, is unfit to rule anymore.

Protesters have been camped out in the capital Sana’a demanding Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi to form an interim ruling council to prevent Saleh’s return to power.