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Protests, general strike in southern Yemen


SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Defying a deadly government crackdown, tens of thousands of protesters have poured into the streets of a city in southern Yemen in ongoing protests against longtime president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Men and women marched 6 miles (10 kilometers) to the city center of Taiz on Wednesday and met up with another mass protest of tens of thousands of Yemenis who marched from another part of the city. Shops, banks and government institutions were all closed Wednesday, responding to a general strike call in this impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation.

More than 120 people have been killed since Yemen's protests started Feb. 11, inspired by popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. At least 15 people died Monday when government forces opened fire on demonstrators in Taiz.

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