Rallies across Yemen support military shakeup

Updated 21 December 2012
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Rallies across Yemen support military shakeup

SANAA: Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are rallying across the country in support of a military shakeup this week that reduced the powers of the ousted leader's son and relatives.
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's shake-up brought the Special Forces and Republic Guard run by ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh's son under the control of the Defense Ministry.
Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years and was forced to step down after massive protests during the Arab Spring uprising. The United States helped broker the power-transfer deal, which eased him out of office.
Since his ouster, Saleh has been blamed for using loyalists in powerful posts to stall reforms by the new leadership.
Demonstrators on Friday voiced support for the shake-up, chanting: "Move forward, Hadi, for the dreams of our nation."


Gaza officials: 20 Palestinians wounded at Israeli border

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Gaza officials: 20 Palestinians wounded at Israeli border

GAZA CITY: Gaza’s Health Ministry says 20 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire along the border fence.
A few thousand Palestinians attended Friday’s rally near the border with a few dozen venturing toward the fence.
Some launched flaming kites at Israel. The devices have destroyed forests and crops and killed animals in recent weeks in Israel.
The militant group Hamas that rules Gaza has led three months of protests that turned violent. Over 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.
Israel says it is defending its border and nearby communities and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attempts to breach the fence and carry out attacks.
Rallies are aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas seized Gaza in 2007.