February 16, 2011- Reports of one man’s death has been confirmed during the sixth consecutive day of civil unrest in Yemen.
The demonstrator was allegedly shot when police used rifles to fire bullets into the air while trying to disperse close to 500 protesters near the port of Aden.
In the country’s capital city of Sanaa there were reports of several people that sustained injury during battles between government supporters and people opposing the regime.
The president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has remained in power for over 30 years, while leading Yemen as the poorest Arab nation in the area.
Ali Abdullah Saleh has indicated that he will not seek re-election or give his son the presidency.
Sparked by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions,anti-government protesters continue to hold demonstrations demanding change immediately.
Mohammed Alwani is the first recorded death of the Yemen demonstrations. Alwani and many other people were taken to hospital after police allegedly fired upon them in Aden. Medics on the scene reported that he had been shot in the back and had succumbed to those wounds.
Enraged demonstrators were seen lighting a municipal building and several cars on fire in Aden as well, where tensions are mounting and the death toll is sure to climb in the coming days.