Yemeni government forces shell opposition leader's house

14:28, May 25, 2011      

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The Yemeni government forces resumed attacks on the country's most powerful Hashid tribe's leader Sadiq al-Ahmar's house on Tuesday, a day after heavy gunshots and huge explosions were heard near the opposition leader's house, a security official and witnesses said.

The attack on Sadiq's house is ongoing and various kinds of weapons are used in the battle, a security official told Xinhua.

An opposition source said that the government forces shelled Sadiq's house, while a mediation committee was trying to secure a ceasefire, which succeeded on Monday evening in ending the clashes between armed tribesmen and the government forces in Sanaa after at least 14 soldiers were killed and 38 others were injured.

Meanwhile, a huge explosion was heard near Sadiq's brother, Hamid al-Ahmar's compound in Hadda Street in Sanaa.

Witness told Xinhua that severe clashes erupted hours ago, and a bullet went clear through an iron cabinet, which was put close to his windows to prevent random gunshots.

Fierce clashes have taken place since midday Monday in several sites in Sanaa, including the government institutions.

So far, at least 14 people have been killed and 61 others wounded from both sides, according to a security official.

Source: Xinhua
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