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Shots rang out as the activists entered the city chanting "No to immunity", at the climax of a mass march that started days earlier in the southern city of Taiz, said residents.

The protesters were referring to a deal granting Saleh immunity from prosecution for his part in a violent crackdown on months of demonstrations against his 33-year rule.

The agreement, crafted by Yemen’s wealthier neighbours in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), was designed to ease Saleh out of power and avert civil war in a country that has seen a growing infiltration from al Qaeda and sits next to key oil shipping lanes.

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