Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yemen unrest: Clashes erupt in Sanaa despite truce

Medics carry a wounded anti-government protester after clashes with security forces in Sanaa September 20, 2011. Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in recent days
Fresh fighting has broken out in the Yemeni capital Sanaa despite a ceasefire agreed overnight aimed at ending days of violence.
Artillery fire and shelling shook at least two areas of the city as security forces and opposition groups clashed, reports say.
Late on Tuesday, the vice-president agreed a truce following negotiations with western envoys.
Dozens of people, many unarmed protesters, have died since Sunday.
Funerals In one central area, close to the residence of the vice-president, gunfire rang out and shells struck buildings where snipers had taken up positions, witnesses told AFP news agency.
The BBC has not been able to independently verify the reports.
Fighting died down on Tuesday night after the defence ministry said Vice-President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi had given "strict orders for a rapid ceasefire in the capital" which government troops were obeying.
Meanwhile, protesters have called for people to take to the streets for a funeral procession for those killed in the recent fighting.
The past three days have been the deadliest since demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh first erupted in January.
Mr Saleh, who has ruled the country for more than three decades, has been in Saudi Arabia since June, when he was seriously injured in a rocket attack on his presidential compound.
He has refused to stand down and is promising to return to the country.
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