May 24 - More blood spilled in Yemen as loyalist forces clash with powerful tribes siding with anti-government protesters. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Machine gun and mortar fire echo through the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa. At least four gunmen are killed and many more wounded as loyalists clash with tribal gunmen who have sided with protesters calling for the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule. The latest violent eruption appears to dim prospects for a political solution to a transition of power, following a nearly four-month-old revolt inspired by protests that swept aside the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia. Armed guards keep watch over a fortified mansion belonging to the wealthy tribal clan that has sided with the demonstrators. Fighting in the same area of the capital on Monday killed seven people, among them a bystander, a police officer and five tribal gunmen. Early on Tuesday, tribal mediators were holding talks to try to bring an end to the fighting. There has been no resolution so far. At a local hospital the wounded are pouring in. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Walid al-Miklafy, saying (Arabic): "Around 20, more than 20 wounded and dead have arrived today since the morning." The clashes follow Sunday's collapse of a transition deal mediated by The Gulf Cooperation Council that would have granted Saleh immunity from prosecution. It was the third time Saleh blocked a deal at the last minute. The Council said it was suspending the deal due to quote "lack of suitable conditions". Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters