15 dead after Yemeni tribesmen try to besiege ministry
Fifteen people were killed and 43 wounded in fierce clashes between Yemeni government forces and tribesmen attempting to seize the country’s Interior Ministry in the capital, Sanaa.
It was the second time in three days that Yemeni tribesmen loyal to ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to storm the ministry, Reuters reports.
The siege began on Monday evening, when gunmen partly belonging to a rebel Shia group under the command of a“relative of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh” exchanged fire with security forces, according to Xinhua news agency.
Xinhua reports that as many as 300 gunmen took part in the second attempted siege, though other reports put the number in the dozens.
Security forces have regained control of the situation. Three armored vehicles and soldiers are reportedly stationed outside the ministry’s entrance to help quell any further violence.
Dozens of wounded soldiers were reportedly rushed to local hospitals by several ambulances.
Yemeni police reported that pro-government tribesmen led by Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar – a national politician and the leader of the Hashid tribal federation – were deployed in the area around the ministry to help police contain the situation.
Heavy fighting began on Sunday when some 100 armed tribesmen briefly occupied the ministry, police said. They demanded police jobs for their role in defeating al-Qaeda insurgents, and only agreed to leave the building a day later when officials promised to consider their demands.
friends of saleh..al qaeda is of course the western paid thugs..throw in some sunni versus shia struggles and you have a recipe for more bloodshed..