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Troops clash with protesters in Yemen (12 images)

Yemeni medical officials say government troops have opened fire on protesters in the capital Sanaa, wounding at least 18 people. The shooting signals President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime is stepping up its crackdown on the opposition following the leader's surprise return home that coincided with a dramatic surge in violence .
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Relatives and anti-government protestors pray over the coffins of protesters killed during recent clashes with security forces during thier funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen, Sept. 25, 2011. Yemeni medical officials say government troops have opened fire on protesters in the capital Sanaa, wounding at least 18 people. The shooting signals President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime is stepping up its crackdown on the opposition following the leader's surprise return home that coincided with a dramatic surge in violence . UPI/Mohammad Abdullah
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