To cope with the overwhelming number of casualties occurring DAILY in an area of the Yemeni capital, re-baptised "Change Square" in Sanaa, Yemeni doctors and students have turned a mosque in the capital into a makeshift hospital to take in victims of the government's brutal crackdown on the peaceful popular revolution.
Joining hands with the medical students from the Sana'a University, the physicians have equipped the mosque, located near Sana'a's Change Square, with 35 beds, medical equipment and about a dozen medical staff.
Using the courtyard of the mosque the number of "beds" (spaces on the ground available) can go up to 600.
The volunteers serve patients, peaceful protestors who have been targeted not only with live rounds and tear gas canisters, but also RPG rockets and other heavy artillery, by president Saleh's Republican Gards.
The type of casualties are horrendous. Doctors have learnt to treat heavy trauma victims with very little support or equipments.
“Our presence is important here. We receive a lot of cases,” says doctor Iman al-Awisi.
Since late January, demonstrators have been calling for an end to widespread corruption and unemployment in Yemen, also demanding ouster of the 32-year rule of despotic President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Some 40 percent of the population live on $2 a day or less and a third face food shortages.
Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations around the country, namely in the capital and the southwestern cities of Aden and Taiz.
According to local reports, the death toll in the country has surpassed 500 since the protests began.
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