Thousands Protest Yemeni Leader's Remarks on Women

Thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday to protest the Yemeni President Ali Abduhllah Saleh's remarks that women should not demonstrate or take part in rallies, the Guardian reported.

Security forces opened fire on the anti-government protesters, who were numbered in more than 100,000, shooting at least 10 and using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, the Star Tribune said.

More than 120 people have been killed in Yemen since a crackdown by security forces, and the country has been harrowed by protests demanding the president's ouster for the past two months. Last week the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council advised Saleh, who has been in rule for 32 years, to hand over his powers to his deputy in order to quell the unrest.

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