Fragile Truce in Yemen as Al-Qaeda-Linked Militias Take Southern City

Sanaa, May 29 (Prensa Latina) A fragile truce prevailed in Yemen on Sunday between tribal leaders and government forces, although protests continued against President Ali Abdulah Saleh, and militias linked to Al-Qaeda took the southern city of Zinjibar.

Leaders of the clans who mediated in the latest clashes in Sanaa said that the followers of Sadeq Al-Ahmar, chief of the Hashed tribe, agreed to abandon the public buildings they had taken in the Al-Hasaba neighborhood.

Gunmen loyal to Al-Ahmar had taken different buildings during combats and decided to hand them over to the government, following an agreement which also calls for a stop to all types of armed presence in the district.

The truce also forced Saleh�s followers to refrain from attacking again the residence of Al-Ahmar, a decision that caused a violent response of the tribe with a total of over 80 dead.

Despite the pact, sporadic shots were heard in the troubled area on Saturday night and Sunday, where fierce clashes have been seen since Monday, a day after Saleh refused to sign a plan for his resignation in a 30-day term.

The initiative for the president to step down in return for judicial immunity was presented by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, supported by the United States and the European Union, but it was rejected for a third time.

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