Up to six people are reported to have died in Yemen’s southern city of Taiz after security forces there fired at protesters and tried to storm the Liberty Square, where hundreds of anti-government demonstrators have been camped for days.
The security forces storming the area also set fire to some tents of the protesters and fired water cannons and tear gas at the crowd, Al Jazeera correspondents said early on Monday.
Around 100 protesters were reportedly wounded as a result of the crackdown on Sunday, Mohamed al-Qadhi, a Yemeni journalist, told Al Jazeera by phone from the capital, Sanaa.
“Security forces and armed government supporters have managed to storm the centre of the protest site and they have set fire to some of the tents of the protesters,” he said.
“The clashes have been going on. I have spoken to some protesters there and they said that some soldiers were storming the area … two or three officers who have joined the protesters.”
(CNN) — Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal said Sunday that he wants oil prices to drop so that the United States and Europe don’t accelerate efforts to wean themselves off his country’s supply.
In an interview broadcast Sunday on “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS,” the grandson of the founding king of modern Saudi Arabia said the oil price should be somewhere between $70 and $80 a barrel, rather than the current level of over $100 a barrel.
“We don’t want the West to go and find alternatives, because, clearly, the higher the price of oil goes, the more they have incentives to go and find alternatives,” said Talal, who is listed by Forbes as the 26th richest man in the world.