ATAQ, Yemen, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- At least four, and perhaps as many as seven, people were killed Wednesday in clashes between separatists and security forces in Yemen, media reports said.
The Yemen Post reported, without citing its sources, four people were killed and about 16 were injured in Ataq in the southern province of Shabwa. China's state-run Xinhua news agency, also without naming its sources, said five protesters and two police officers died, with eight protesters and four police officers injured.
The Post said the violence erupted when large numbers of protesters entered Ataq chanting anti-government and separatist slogans. Xinhua pegged the number of demonstrators at about 1,000.
Witnesses told Xinhua the demonstrators demanded freedom for those arrested in previous rallies.
Monday will mark the one-year anniversary of separatist protests that also turned violent.