Woman, girl killed in Yemen gov't-opposition fighting

July 23, 2011 15:23

SANAA - A young woman and a girl were killed in Yemen during fighting between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his opponents on Saturday, with both sides blaming the other.

The 25-year-old woman and the girl, aged 10, died after mortars hit a house in the southern city of Taiz, scene of frequent opposition demonstrations during six months of protests calling for an end to Saleh's three-decade rule.

The state news agency SABA blamed pro-opposition gunmen for the attack, while the website of the main opposition party said the Republican Guard, headed by a son of Saleh, was behind the shelling.

Saleh's tenacity has frustrated protesters who thought his time was up when he flew to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment last month following an assassination attempt, leaving impoverished Yemen in political limbo.

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