by Hamoud Mounasser
SANAA — At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded in shelling and gunfire during clashes on Thursday between government forces and armed activists at a separatist rally in south Yemen, witnesses said.
The demonstration at Jinzibar, 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the southern port of Aden, was called by Tarek al-Fadhli, an Islamist leader and former key ally of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Fadhli recently switched sides to support the secession of south Yemen from the north, they said.
“The clashes killed 16 people, including six policemen, and wounded 30 people, including 10 government forces,” a separatist activist close to Fadhli who asked not to be identified told AFP.