At least 38 dead in Sanaa firefights

Published May 25th, 2011 - 05:21 GMT

At least 38 people were killed in ongoing clashes between armed tribe men and government forces in a northern district of the Yemen capital Sanaa, AFP reported. Three tribal Sheikhs were among 24 supporters of tribal chief Sadiq al-Ahmar who were killed, and dozens of others were injured, a hospital source conveyed.

The Yemeni defense ministry said on its website, citing the interior ministry, that 14 troops died and two were missing in the fighting.

An earlier account said at least six died on Tuesday in a second day of fighting between supporters of Sheikh al-Ahmar and forces loyal to President Abdullah Saleh.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday the sounds of automatic arms fire could still be heard ringing out throughout the neighbourhood, locals said.

Two days of clashes in the capital had already killed at least 12 people, tribal sources said.



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