6 Yemenis killed in clash
Six Yemenis were killed yesterday in shelling by government forces of the country's second city of Taez and in shootings, as sustained violence threatened to derail a fragile power-transfer deal.
State media said a ceasefire was reached in the afternoon after a call by Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi for an end to the fighting and a pullout of troops and militiamen.
Three members of a Taez family were killed in shelling blamed on government forces, while two anti-regime gunmen were shot dead during clashes with troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, witnesses said.
The five bodies were taken to a field hospital in the Al-Rawda neighbourhood of central Taez, which is under the control of anti-Saleh protesters.