Anti-government protesters in the Yemen capital of Sanaa have reportedly been injured after being shot at during a demonstration.

The BBC has reported that hundreds of Yemenis have been hurt and local hospitals have been treating at least a dozen people for gunshot wounds.

People at the scene said that snipers were firing at them from rooftops and the sound of single gunshots during the demonstration are consistent with those reports.

On April 7 Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani said that the GCC member states hoped they could broker a deal where Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down and in return become immune from prosecution.

However, Saleh rejected the proposal and recalled his ambassador to Qatar.