15 dead as Yemen truce collapses

A truce reached by Yemen`s government and dissidents collapsed as soon as it was announced.

Updated: Oct 25, 2011, 23:40 PM IST

Sanaa: A truce reached by Yemen`s government
and dissidents, who have been locked in bloody battles for
weeks, collapsed as soon as it was announced on Tuesday with fresh
fighting rocking the capital.

Fifteen people were killed in Sanaa and Taez, most of
them in Yemen`s second largest city, medical and tribal
sources said.

Medics said at least seven people were killed in Taez,
including a seven-year-old child, a woman and a policeman,
during what residents said was random shelling by government
forces of neighbourhoods.

The interior ministry said four policemen also died.

In Sanaa, the truce failed to take hold. Tribal sources
said at least one man was killed and nine people were wounded
when shelling rocked the northern Al-Hasaba neighbourhood.

The government and dissident general Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar
had reached a ceasefire agreement, according to an official
statement.

Tribal forces in Al-Hasaba led by powerful chief Sheikh
Sadiq al-Ahmar, who backs the general and has thrown his
support behind pro-democracy protests across Yemen, also
agreed to the ceasefire, sources in his office said.

The government statement said the truce went into
immediate effect, but Sadiq`s brother, Sheikh Hemyar, said
that President Ali Abdullah Saleh`s troops continued to attack
the Ahmars` homes.

"The truce was not respected for one second by the
government," Sheikh Hemyar said by telephone. "As I talk
to you, our homes are being shelled" in the district of
Al-Hasaba.

Residents in Al-Hasaba confirmed that the area was being
raked by gunfire and explosions.

PTI