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Yemen: one killed in police firing

SANA'A: Yemeni security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the second largest city on Tuesday, killing at least one, amid rising international concern over the strategically located nation.

The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to meet later on Tuesday to discuss the deteriorating situation in Yemen, where rights groups say two months of protests calling for the President to step down have claimed 120 lives.

A government delegation also headed to nearby Abu Dhabi for talks with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council over a proposal for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to transfer power to his deputy to end the crisis. The opposition held similar talks on Sunday.

Thousands of protesters were marching in the southern city of Taiz, a hotbed of anti-government activism, demanding the President's resignation when security forces opened fire.

The director of a city field hospital said at least one was killed in the crackdown. An activist said earlier that four protesters were wounded, including one who was in a very critical condition.

Earlier this month, another four protesters were killed in the southern city. — AP

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