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Yemen.. One person was killed in protests in Hadramout against the high cost of living

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A person was killed by a gunshot wound to him on Thursday evening, during a protest sit-in in the city of Ash Shihr in Hadramout Governorate, eastern Yemen.

A local official in the city told Anatolia, preferring not to be named as he was not authorized to speak with the media, “A gunman fired a gunshot at a motorbike, injuring a young man and he was taken to the hospital, but he died of his wounds.”

And local sources told Anadolu Agency, “Protesters staged a sit-in in front of Al-Ali camp in Al-Shehr city, demanding the release of detainees against the backdrop of protests condemning the deteriorating living conditions.”

According to the same sources, “the security forces dispersed the protesters in front of the camp gate,” and that “an unknown gunshot wound the young man in the shoulder and he died.”

These developments come despite the announcement by the local authorities in Hadhramaut, on Thursday, that an evening curfew extends between 20:00-06:00 local time (17:00-03:00 GMT), coinciding with riots and protests condemning the cost of living.

On Wednesday, a young man was killed and four others were wounded when the security and military services dispersed protesters in the city of Mukalla, the capital of Hadhramaut Governorate.

These protests, which are taking place in more than one governorate, erupted in the wake of a significant rise in food prices due to the unprecedented deterioration in the history of the Yemeni riyal, as the price of one US dollar exceeded one thousand Yemeni riyals.

With the decline of the local currency, the suffering of the population exacerbated, and the value of the salaries of many groups reached the equivalent of less than $100.

For nearly 7 years, Yemen has been witnessing a war that has killed 233,000 people, and 80 percent of the population, numbering about 30 million, has become dependent on aid to survive, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

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