Doctors allege Yemen using nerve gas on protesters

Doctors present at the recent violent anti-government protests in Yemen’s capital of Sana’a have said that they believe a form of nerve gas might have been used as a means of dispersing demonstrators.

It was originally thought that military personnel used tear gas, as well as live bullets, to break up a group that was bringing additional tents to demonstrators protesting outside of Sana’a University, according to

Doctors who have been involved with treating the wounded are now claiming that a type of nerve gas was used on the protesters.

“The material in this gas makes people convulse for hours," Amaar Nujaim, a field doctor who works for Islamic Relief, said, according to "It paralyzes them. They couldn’t move at all. We tried to give them oxygen but it didn’t work."

During the attack, one member of the crowd was killed and at least 50 more were injured. Rabie Al-Zuraiqi, a protest organizer, said he was hit with both rubber bullets and gas.

“They say it’s tear gas, though it’s not," Al-Zuraiqi said, according to "I can’t move my body. I went into a coma for more than four hours and I can’t see well now. I also have internal bleeding after being exposed to the gas."

“We have never seen tear gas cause these symptoms. We fear it may be a dangerous gas that is internationally forbidden,” Al-Sheikh said, reports.