SANAA, Yemen, July 22 (UPI) -- Yemeni security forces fired at protesters in the city of Taiz, killing a child and wounding six people, witnesses said.
Witnesses said Republican Guards began shooting guns and firing tear gas at demonstrators Thursday after they refused to end a march, CNN reported Friday.
Protesters have rallied against tough government actions on peaceful marchers and an assassination attempt on a senior opposition leader in Sanaa, witnesses said.
The opposition seeks the ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is being treated in Saudi Arabia for wounds he received last month in a failed assassination attempt.
Child rights advocates report more children have joined both government and opposition military forces, Integrated Regional Information Networks reported.
The recruitment drive has been fed by increased tensions in the country since February when protests against Saleh began.
The three main military units active in Yemen -- the pro-government Republican Guards and Central Security and the pro-opposition First Armored Division -- have been enlisting more children under age 18, IRIN said.
One 15-year-old, identified as Walid, told the news agency, "It is better for me to work for [$110] a month than stay home without anything to do."
The Seyaj Organization for Childhood Protection estimates several thousand children are soldiers.