Four dead as Yemen army, tribes clash

Two tribesmen and two Yemeni soldiers were killed in fierce clashes on Tuesday near the strife-torn country second city of Taez, witnesses and the state news agency Saba said.

Sanaa: Two tribesmen and two Yemeni soldiers
were killed in fierce clashes on Tuesday near the strife-torn
country second city of Taez, witnesses and the state news
agency Saba said.

Witnesses said three tribesmen were also wounded, while
Saba said four soldiers were among the army`s wounded
evacuated by helicopter.

The fighting broke out early on Monday in a suburb north
of Taez that links the city of four million residents to the
tribal areas around it, said the witnesses.
The tribesmen destroyed an army tank and took control of
another as fighter jets overflew the area, they said.

Last week, a brief ceasefire between pro-opposition armed
tribesmen and security forces had collapsed on Thursday when
clashes resumed, leaving one policeman dead.

Tribesmen, who say their aim is to safeguard protesters
who demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh stand down, have
battled loyalist security forces for the past two months.

Saleh, who has been in power since 1978, has been
receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia since early June for
wounds sustained in a bomb blast at his palace.

Protesters have since January been calling for Saleh to
quit office.

In a statement on Sunday, Saleh reiterated his appeal for
dialogue in a statement for Yemenis on the beginning of the
Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
"There is no alternative to dialogue. This is the only
way civilised people follow to achieve change and reform," he
said in the message carried by state news agency Saba.

He urged all political forces in Yemen to abandon
violence in the hope that Ramadan will return peace and
stability to the country.

Saleh`s opponents have been calling for him to be
prevented from returning to power.

PTI

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