Yemen: 5 troops killed in clashes with tribesmen

June 11, 2007 22:40

At least five government troops were killed Monday and five others injured in a fight with tribesmen demanding jobs in oil fields in Yemen, police officials said. The violence in Ma'rab province, about 176 kilometers (109 miles) to the east of the capital, San`a, erupted Sunday when tribesmen of the Damashqa clan cut the main highway linking the oil fields to the province. The tribesmen engaged in fighting with troops dispatched from San'a who were trying to reopen the highway, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make statements. Five tribesmen were also injured in the clashes, they said.

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