Yemeni govt forces, tribesmen clash in capital

By REUTERS
August 5, 2011 18:29

 
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SANAA - Yemeni government forces clashed on Friday with supporters of the powerful Hashed tribal grouping led by Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar that is demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave office.

The two sides exchanged fierce gunfire in a northern district of the country's capital Sanaa, eye witnesses told Reuters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Saleh is clinging to power despite being hurt by a bomb blast in his compound in June that capped a round of fighting between his forces and gunmen from the Hashed confederation. He is convalescing in Riyadh but has vowed to return to Yemen.

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