23 September 2011


Deadly fighting has spread across Yemen's capital as tribesmen joined battles between rival military units, raising fears among residents the country is descending into civil war.

Six people were killed in the battles that rocked the north of Sanaa on Thursday, the defence ministry's website and tribal sources said."Four people were killed and six others were wounded in the shelling that targeted the home of Sheikh Saghir bin Aziz," the website quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying.The clashes, now in their fifth consecutive day, reached the doorsteps of the US and British embassies in Sanaa, witnesses said. The escalating tensions between troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, and opponents of his regime collapsed efforts on Wednesday by international mediators to promote a Gulf-initiated peace deal aimed at halting the political impasse that has gripped Yemen for months.

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