Sunday, July 31, 2011

Air raids killed our allies, says Yemen government

Sunday 31 July 2011

Air strikes in southern Yemen targeting militants supposedly linked to al-Qaida accidentally killed 40 pro-government tribesmen on Saturday, Yemeni authorities have admitted.

Government forces are battling various opposition groups across Yemen, from within the capital to many of the outlying regions, as an uprising against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh that began six months ago has proved impossible to crush.

US-ally Mr Saleh has been in hospital in Saudi Arabia for over a month but has so far refused to give up power, insisting that he must "oversee" any planned elections.

The military have been commanded by his son in his absence.

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