Written By: Mohammed Ali Kalfood & Fares Anam
Article Date: Jul 14, 2012 - 7:09:33 PM
Yemeni government announced that 1045 people were killed and 5197 others wounded as a result of traffic accidents that the country has witnessed during the first half of this year.
Observers confirmed that this total number exceeds the number of victims of popular protests witnessed by Yemen during 2011. The Interior Ministry statistics indicated that during the six-month period from January to June 2012, 3594 traffic accidents had occurred in different provinces and districts across the country.
The statistics also indicated that Yemen has witnessed 151,253 traffic accidents since 2000 up to the end of the first half of this year 2012, leaving 29,941 people dead and 193,759 others wounded.
With the addition of about 60 new people killed by traffic accidents during the first ten days of July, the recent total number of deaths since 2000 would amount to more than 30 thousand people. The security expert at the Interior Ministry Lt. Col.
Mohammed Saleh spoke to al-Arabia net” that the estimated death tolls before 2000 indicated more than 20,000 people during the 90s, 80s and 70s of the last century. He also said the total death toll confirms that the victims of traffic accidents far exceeded the number of the victims of armed conflicts since Yemen’s 1962 Revolution up to the popular protests and confrontations between the military sides which took place during 2011.
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