50 killed as Yemeni fighters target palace
Published 02/06/2011 | 05:00
An estimated 50 people were killed yesterday in some of the heaviest fighting in Yemen's brewing civil war as tribesmen loyal to the country's most powerful chiefs closed in on the palace of the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
After the collapse of a truce between Mr Saleh and Sadiq al-Ahmar, leader of the Hashed tribal federation, tank and mortar fire echoed through Hasaba, a northern suburb of the capital, Sana'a.
More than 100 people were killed in the area last week before the ceasefire was signed. Residents said Hashed tribesmen had been joined by defecting army units and had captured a number of tanks.
Tribesmen also captured at least one multi-storey building near the president's residence in southern Sana'a. He is said not to have left the palace in days.
Mr Saleh, who has held office for 32 years, has reneged three times on a US-backed plan to hand power to his deputy. (© Daily Telegraph, London)