Shelling, gunfire rocks Yemen capital, breaking truce

By REUTERS
September 29, 2011 08:11

SANAA - Heavy clashes rocked northern neighborhoods of Yemen's capital Sanaa at dawn on Thursday, breaking a truce aimed at ending the worst violence since a popular revolt against President Ali Abdullah Saleh began eight months ago.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said three areas in north Sanaa had been hit by heavy shelling and gunfire between government troops and armed followers of a powerful tribal leader, Sadeq al-Ahmar, who supports the opposition.

Many residents fled their homes on Thursday morning as the fighting intensified, shattering three days of calm in the capital after Saleh ordered a ceasefire upon his surprise return to Yemen on Friday.

The truce had followed more than a week of fighting when over 100 people died, raising worries that the country could be dragged closer to civil war.


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