Three opposition gunmen killed in cease-fire area in Yemen's capital

15:18, June 07, 2011      

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Snipers shot dead three armed tribesmen loyal to Yemeni powerful opposition tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar in the cease-fire area in the capital Sanaa on Monday, an aide to al-Ahmar said.

"Snipers of government troops stationed on roof tops that overlook Sheikh al-Ahmar's residential compound in Hassaba district, in downtown Sanaa, killed three of al-Ahmar's guards," the aide said.

The government and chieftain-led armed tribesmen agreed on a Saudi-brokered deal on Friday to end two-week heavy street battles in Sanaa.

The deal was made after a rocket hit a mosque inside the presidential palace on Friday, injuring President Ali Abdullah Saleh when he was praying in the mosque. Saleh's ruling party blamed the attack on al-Ahmar's fighters while the Defence Ministry accused al-Qaida of carrying out attacks.

Saleh, who faces five-month-old protests across the country calling for an end to his 33-year rule, was hospitalized in the Saudi capital of Riyadh late Saturday. Official media outlets confirmed that Saleh is in good condition and he would return within days after finishing medical treatment.

On Sunday, acting President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi asked al- Ahmar to abide by the truce, offering to withdraw troops from Hassaba and lift roadblocks on the main highways leading to the capital.

Residents of Hassaba, however, said they heard a series of huge explosions and sporadic but heavy gunshots all over the night on Sunday.

Source: Xinhua
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