Tribal, military mediation ends deadly clashes in Yemen's capital

13:44, May 24, 2011      

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Yemen's government forces fight with armed tribesmen near the official Saba news agency in Sanaa, Yemen, May 23, 2011. At least 14 government soldiers were killed and 38 others, including two civilians, were injured in clashes on Monday between government forces and tribesmen in Yemen's capital, an official of the interior ministry told Xinhua. (Xinhua)

A tribal and military mediation has succeeded in ending the clashes between armed tribesmen and government forces in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Monday, during which 14 soldiers were killed and 38 others were injured.

An interior ministry official spoke on condition of anonymity that the mediation led to a cease-fire late on Monday, but did not give more details.

According to the official, the tribal gunmen besieged and tried to control several government buildings including the trade and industry ministry, Yemen's official Saba news agency and the Yemenia Airways head office, among others, adding that the gunmen also set some buildings on fire.

Another government official said the clashes erupted as government forces managed to requisition a large land of the tribe.

Source: Xinhua
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