Two opposition gunmen killed in clashes with Yemen's Republican Guards

12:02, July 16, 2011      

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At least two anti-government armed tribesmen were killed and 11 others were wounded on Friday in fresh clashes between opposition-backed tribesmen and Republican Guards in Yemen's southern province of Taiz, witnesses said.

The clashes took place in Rawda and Usaifra areas in northern Taiz city, some 200 km south of the capital Sanaa, leaving two armed tribesmen dead and 11 others injured, said the sources.

Taiz has been the scene of months-long on-and-off clashes between anti-government protesters and elite troops of the Republican Guards that left over 200 people killed and many others injured.

Meanwhile, thousands of Yemeni people went to separated squares across the country to reaffirm their prolonged demands for the ouster of injured President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is currently in Saudi capital Riyadh for treatment from an attack on his palace since June 4.

Anti-government protesters named their day "The Civil Country", while their opponents dubbed the day as "Thankfulness to the Saudi King", in reference to the Saudi government that help hospitalized Saleh and his top aides after June 3 attack.

Saleh, who has faced six-month-long anti-government protests demanding an end to his 33-year-rule, welcomed "power sharing with the opposition" in his first speech on July 7 after the attack, vowing to return to the helm. The president's top aides said Saleh, who underwent eight surgeries for burn injuries on his body, would return home on July 17 if his doctors allowed him.

Source: Xinhua
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