03 Jun '11, 8am

Thousands flee fighting in Yemen capital - Straits Times #timessquare

Thousands flee fighting in Yemen capital - Straits Times #timessquare

Anti-government protesters perform a dance during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa June 2, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SANAA - THOUSANDS of residents were fleeing the Yemeni capital on Friday as deadly clashes between dissident tribesmen and loyalist troops raged for a fourth straight day leaving bodies littering the streets. The headquarters of national airline Yemenia were burnt down in fierce fighting through the night, an AFP correspondent reported. The offices of Suhail TV, a channel controlled by pro-opposition tribal chief Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, were also destroyed. After a brief lull at dawn, artillery and heavy machine-gun fire again rocked the Al-Hassaba neighbourhood of northern Sanaa where Ahmar has his base, witnesses said. Troops loyal to dissident General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar were deployed to protect the few dozen prot...

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