UN rights office: over 50 believed killed in Yemen

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Posted: May 31, 2011 4:27 AM

The U.N.'s human rights office says it has received reports from Yemen that more than 50 people have been killed since Sunday by pro-government forces.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the reports "remain to be fully verified."

Pillay says the killings occurred when Yemeni army, Republican Guards and other government-affiliated forces destroyed a protest camp in the southern city of Taiz.

She says "reports indicate that hundreds more have been injured."

Pillay said in a statement Tuesday that "such reprehensible acts of violence and indiscriminate attacks on unarmed civilians by armed security officers must stop immediately."