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SANAA, Jun 02, 2011 (AFP) - Thousands of armed tribesmen were headed towards Sanaa on Thursday to back their leader Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, whose fighters are locked in deadly battles with Yemen's security forces, tribal leaders said.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - A Yemeni army officer who defected from President Ali Abdullah Saleh's camp says government forces and armed tribesmen who sided with the opposition have fought new street battles overnight in the capital Sanaa, leaving dozens killed and injured.
The officer also says that thousands of armed tribesmen have fought the Yemeni army about 10 miles (15 kilometers) from the city in an effort to push toward Sanaa.
He says the tribesmen captured 30 soldiers from the elite Republican Guard but released them later. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity, which is customary among the military.
According to Mohamed al-Qadhi, a Yemen-based journalist, the government is sending reinforcements to Sanaa, especially to areas near Hasaba.
"I think [the government forces] are preparing for a massive attack in [Hasaba]," al-Qadhi told Al Jazeera. The current crisis began after more than three months of nationwide protests calling for the ouster of Saleh, who has been in power since 1978.
(CNN) -- A group of about 1,000 armed tribesmen were seen by residents entering the capital of Yemen early Thursday saying they are supporting Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmar, a leader of a tribe who has been in street battles with government forces recently.
A breaking news banner on Yemen state television Thursday proclaimed that government forces had beat back tribesman loyal to Al-Ahmar from areas of the capital near the Ministry of Tourism building.
Flights to Sanaa's airport were halted on Thursday, an aviation official told AFP, as deadly fighting raged between armed tribesmen and security forces on the streets of the Yemeni capital.
29 min 51 sec ago - YemenHakim Al Masmari, editor of the Yemen Post, told Al Jazeera that Sanaa residents are fleeing as fighting spreads to more than 15 neighborhoods around the capital.
Strong clashes between the Yemeni government and Hashed tribesmen are taking place in the southern region of Sanaa, near the residence of Hussein Ahmar, on 50th street of the capital Sana'a.
The Ahmar family have at least four residence in the area. Locals fear that the fighting will spread to different areas part of the capital after they were mostly focused in northern Sana'a.. At least 400 families have evacuated their homes in the last two hours, eyewitnesses said.
SANAA, Jun 02, 2011 (AFP) - Deadly fighting raged between armed tribesmen and security forces on the streets of Sanaa Thursday, sending thousands of residents fleeing and closing the Yemeni capital's airport, witnesses said.
Originally posted by TimeCrisis
Que the UN and US, Lindsay williams said Yemen was next to be invaded.
Originally posted by confreak
reply to post by buni11687
Finally the demonstrators took arms. They have been getting massacred for weeks, yet no one called it a massacre.
Yemen is an actual Massacre, Libya there was no Massacre, but just claims that a Massacre would occur if there is no intervention.
Propaganda plays a huge role in wars. When the world of the 21st century comes to that realization, they can make a difference.
I honestly think their government leader should have stepped down to prevent this from happening
U.S. envoy John Brennan left Saudi Arabia on Thursday for more talks on Yemen in the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. official in Saudi Arabia said. He will seek the help of the two countries' leaders to pressure Saleh to accept the exit deal.
Saudi Arabia, which has strong, longstanding ties with Yemeni tribes, is likely to try to apply another round of pressure on Saleh to step aside to avert disaster in a country of 23 million that is awash with guns.
20 min ago - YemenFighting is flaring up in the Yemeni capital. Latest reports say protesters were fired upon with live bullets and flights are suspended at Sanaa's international airport.Sources tell Al Jazeera that thousands are now fleeing the capital. In the past few hours there have been reports of pro-government fighters firing Katyusha rockets towards the home of prominent opposition tribal leader, Sadeq al-Ahmar.
Fighting in Sana’a between President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s security forces and supporters of al-Ahmar, leader of the Hashid, Yemen’s most influential tribe, intensified as it continued into a fifth day after the breakdown of a truce mediated by tribal leaders.
Men in plain clothes opened fire on protesters gathered in a square near Sana’a University, wounding at least six, Mohammed Saeed, a protester, said by telephone. Soldiers from the First Armored Division, who defected to the opposition and are protecting the protesters at the site, fired back, he said. There was no immediate report from hospitals on the number killed in the latest clashes around the city.
SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when opposition tribesmen determined to topple him hammered his palace with rockets Friday in a major escalation of nearly two weeks of fighting with government forces. At least six guards were killed and eight top officials were also wounded, an official said.
The official said Saleh suffered slight injuries to the neck, and state TV aired a statement saying he was "in good health" and would speak to the public within hours.