New clashes reported on Tuesday between Yemeni police and supporters of an opposition tribal chief, who took control over several government buildings in the capital Sanaa, witnesses said.
Clashes between the police and tribesmen loyal to Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar which left six people dead on Monday resumed early on Tuesday in Al-Hasaba neighbourhood in northern Sanaa, the witnesses told AFP.
Firefights continued sporadically near Ahmar’s house as several government buildings including the trade and industry ministry remained under his supporters’ control, according to witness reports.
Sources close to Ahmar conveyed the fighting broke out on Monday after security forces tried to deploy around his residence and his gunmen retaliated. According to Ahmar, five of his supporters died Monday and 52 others were hurt.
State news agency Saba said one policeman was killed and five others hurt.