U.N. calls on Yemen to halt attacks on civilians

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 7:13 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured in six months of unrest in Yemen, many due to the excessive use of force by security forces in a country mired in an "increasingly violent power struggle," the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The report by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on Yemen's government to end attacks and the use of live ammunition against civilians and to release immediately all prisoners held for protesting peacefully.

"Hundreds have been killed and thousands have suffered injuries, including loss of limbs," it said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles)