There have been fresh clashes in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, between government forces and fighters of the country’s largest tribe. At least 44 people have been killed since the violence broke out on Monday.
The tribal militia appear to have consolidated control of a key district of the city, which includes ministries and the ruling party headquarters. It has also taken over the official press agency, SABA. But the presence of government forces is still strong in other parts of the capital.
The violence flared after troops loyal to the government tried to storm the home of Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe. His decision to unleash his fighters has sharply increased pressure on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. He says he is now ready to sign a power transition deal but insists it has to be within a framework of dialogue. But Saleh, who has ruled the fractious Arabian Peninsula state for nearly 33 years, said that while he was willing to sign a deal that would end his rule, he would not make any further concessions.