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Sanaa airport of Yemen affected by fighting

06-03-2011 08:38 BJT

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In the latest developments of in Yemen's unrest, gunshots have been heard and smoke, seen billowing from a building inside Sanaa's airport. Earlier flights were suspended due to fighting between tribesman and pro-government forces.

This comes as thousands of tribesmen, are threatening to descend on Yemen's capital, to join the battle against forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The heavy fighting continues. Witnesses say security forces fired live bullets at protesters during Thursday night's violence.

State television showed live pictures of the Yemeni Airways building on fire and blaming tribesmen.

According to Al Jazeera, the blaze started after government troops targeted the nearby home of a tribal leader.

This led to flights being suspended at the Sanaa airport.

Ferocious street fighting in Sanaa, which has grown out of protests against Saleh's rule since January, has killed at least 135 people in the past 10 days. This calls into question the future of an impoverished Arab state already near economic disaster.

The capital is now split, with Saleh loyalists holding the south against tribesmen and renegade military units in the north.

President Saleh has reneged on deals brokered by regional leaders to secure a peaceful end to his near 33 year rule.

Global powers are worrying that the chaos in Yemen, home to an ambitious militant group known as "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" will put world oil supplies at risk. The country also borders the world's biggest oil exporter - Saudi Arabia.

The Gulf Cooperation Council said on Thursday it will continue efforts to help Yemen reach a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The GCC put its plan on hold on May 22nd after diplomats failed to persuade the Yemeni President to sign the deal that would ease him out of power.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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