1 killed, 3 injured in clashes between tribesmen, Yemeni gov't forces north of Sanaa

10:03, July 15, 2011      

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At least one anti-government tribesman was killed and three others were wounded in clashes between armed tribesmen and Yemen's elite troops of the Republican Guards in northern Arhab district of Sanaa province on Thursday, a local tribal source said.

The clashes broke out on Thursday in Sama area of Arhab, killing one tribesman, injuring three others of Sama's tribe and destroying several houses, the source told Xinhua by phone, requesting anonymity.

Arhab, about 60 km north of the capital Sanaa, witnessed sporadic clashes between a brigade of the Republican Guards stationed in the district and opposition-backed armed tribesmen since late May, leaving dozens of both sides dead and forced hundreds of families to flee the area.

Earlier this month, the Interior Ministry issued a wanted list of 59 members of the opposition coalition in Arhab, accusing them of launching attacks against Republican Guards' base, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

The ministry announced an award of 3 million rials (about 14, 100 U.S. dollars) for the one who provides information leading to the arrest of any one of the 59 wanted opposition members.

Yemen has been in the grip of six-month-long protests demanding the country's 33-year ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Source: Xinhua
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