August 24, 2009 / 10:25 AM / 10 years ago

One dead in south Yemen protest over water cuts

ADEN, Yemen, Aug 24 (Reuters) - At least one Yemeni was shot dead and three wounded when protesters clashed with police on Sunday in Aden in southern Yemen where several districts have gone days without water, police and witnesses said.

At least two of the wounded were police, the sources said. South Yemen, formerly an independent state that merged with the north in 1990, has seen months of clashes over complaints of marginalisation by central government based in Sanaa.

Fighting has flared in recent weeks in the north between government forces and Shi’ites of the Zaydi sect. Al Qaeda militants have staged numerous attacks on foreigners and government targets over the past three years.

The various conflicts have alarmed Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, and Western governments who fear the instability could allow al Qaeda to establish a bigger foothold in the impoverished state of some 23 million people. (Reporting by Mohamed al-Mokhashef; Writing by Andrew Hammond; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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