SAN'A, Yemen (AP) _ Two Yemeni men convicted of murder were executed in front of a crowd that included the victims' families, a prosecution statement said Friday.

Mohammed Abdullah al-Mashooli was executed by firing squad Wednesday in the city of Taiz, 170 miles south of the capital San`a, the statement said. He had been convicted in the murder of Mohammed Ali Abdo.

Saleh Hassan Mohammed was also executed by Taiz firing squad for the 1995 murder of Mariam Naji Ahmed, the statement said.

In addition to the victims' families, onlookers included members of the court and prosecutor's office, the statement said.

No further details were provided.

Yemen, an impoverished country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, imposes the death penalty for rape and murder. Most executions are carried out in public, a method intended as a deterrent.