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Three killed in latest clashes in Yemen

Fighting continues as protesters call for President Saleh to step down as head of the country.

A female anti-government protestor displays the victory sign with her fingers painted with the colours of her national flag during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen, Tuesday, April 5.
A female anti-government protestor displays the victory sign with her fingers painted with the colours of her national flag during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen, Tuesday, April 5.
Image: Muhammed Muheisen/AP/Press Association Images via PA Images

AT LEAST THREE people have been reported dead, and 15 others injured in the city of Sanaa in Yemen today.

The deaths occurred after tribesmen who are loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived at a barracks occupied by troops backing anti-government protestors, the BBC reports.

This brings to more than 100 the amount of people who have been killed since protests against Mr Saleh began in February – yesterday, 15 people died in the city of Taiz.

The protesters are calling for the president to step down after more than three decades in power. But after 32 years in the role, he has refused.

Reports say that a convoy of vehicles carrying members of the Sanhan tribe arrived at the army division headquarters today. The tribe members are reported to be loyal to the president.

The Associated Press agency said security sources said this was an attempt at negotiations with the commander of the 1st Armoured Division, Maj Gen Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.

Shots were fired but it is not known who fired first.

On Monday, demonstrators calling for Mr Saleh to step down were shot at in Taiz, while tear gas was used on the city’s streets during demonstrations on Tuesday.

Many of the protesters are young people said to be frustrated with the actions of the politicians who rule their country.

Below is a video reportedly shot in Yemen by the Yemen Rights Monitor, of a group of civilians trapped in a shop while security forces patrol outside. NOTE: Some viewers may find it upsetting:

Read more about today’s events on the BBC News website>

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