Hundreds of women have set fire to their traditional veils in Yemen in protest at the violence used against anti-government demonstrators.

The women, in the capital Sanaa, made a pile of veils in the street which they then doused with petrol and set alight.

Women have played a key part in the uprising against Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A Yemeni woman activist, Tawakkul Karman, was joint winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

She received the award for her role in the struggle for women’s rights and democracy in Yemen.

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