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U.S. criticizes Yemen as violence goes on

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- The United States condemned violence in Yemen Sunday as clashes continued around the country.

The State Department said it was "deeply concerned by continuing reports of deaths and injuries," which "must cease immediately."

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On Sunday, government forces tried again to break up a long sit-in near Sanaa University that is demanding the immediate resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police fired tear gas into the square, and non-uniformed men, apparently in league with the government, fired on the protesters with live ammunition from the ground and rooftops.

The Financial Times of London said scores of people were wounded. Several protesters also were reported wounded in Taiz Sunday, and a man shot in Aden Saturday died Sunday.

Muhammad al-Qubati, speaking for the opposition coalition, said the responsibility for the violence went "straight to the top. The most senior personalities and bodies of the government are directing this campaign."

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