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Gunfire amid peace efforts in Yemen

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - 01:52

June 6 - Gunfire can be heard in Yemen's Capital amid a fragile peace between government and tribal forces. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The streets may look largely quiet ... but the sound of gunfire can be heard in Yemen's Capital City Sanaa. Earlier troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh reached a truce with a key Yemeni tribe. But armed tribesmen still patrol the streets. Some fear the peace can not hold SOUNDBITE: Dr. Khaled Ali Ba Mahfoth, saying (Arabic): "This truce is not going well because we were fired at by guns. Killings happen every hour, one person was killed and two were wounded. We sent them to the hospital by ambulance," As President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains in Saudi Arabia recovering from a shrapnel wound, pressure is mounting on all parties to find a peaceful resolution. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Washington SOUNDBITE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying (English): "We think an immediate transition is in best interests of the Yemeni people because the instability and lack of security currently afflicting Yemen cannot be addressed until there is some process that everyone knows is going to lead to the sort of economic and political reforms that they are seeking." The Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council urged all parties to end the violence and said it was continuing its efforts to negotiate a power transfer deal. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Gunfire amid peace efforts in Yemen

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - 01:52