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Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead

Yemeni loyalist forces fight with guards from a tribal group backing president's opposition

Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Smoke billows as fighting rages in the al-Hasaba neighbourhood of north Sanaa on May 24, 2011 with a missile slamming into the home of a dissident Yemeni tribal chief during deadly clashes between his clansmen and supporters of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh who is desperately clinging to power (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
A father and his daughters sit on a hospital bed after their house was hit as fighting rages in the al-Hasaba neighbourhood, north of the capital Sanaa on May 24, 2011. Missile slammed into the home of a dissident Yemeni tribal chief during the deadly clashes between his clansmen and supporters of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Smoke billows as fighting rages in the al-Hasaba neighbourhood of north Sanaa on May 24, 2011 with a missile slamming into the home of a dissident Yemeni tribal chief during deadly clashes between his clansmen and supporters of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh who is desperately clinging to power (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Sisters sit on a hospital bed after their house was hit as fighting rages in the al-Hasaba neighbourhood, north of the capital Sanaa on May 24, 2011. Missile slammed into the home of a dissident Yemeni tribal chief during the deadly clashes between his clansmen and supporters of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
The building of Yemen's national carrier Yemeniya is seen behind dissipating smoke in the al-Hasaba neighbourhood of north Sanaa on May 24, 2011 after a missile slammed into the home of a dissident Yemeni tribal chief who lives in the area during deadly clashes between his clansmen and supporters of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh who is desperately clinging to power (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Smoke billows as fighting rages in the al-Hasaba neighbourhood of north Sanaa on May 24, 2011 with a missile slamming into the home of a dissident Yemeni tribal chief during deadly clashes between his clansmen and supporters of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh who is desperately clinging to power (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Anti-government protestor wears a green face mask during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa on May 23, 2011, as Yemen's opposition vowed to step up street protests but said it was determined to avoid violence, after President Saleh refused to sign a Gulf-brokered deal for his leaving office. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Female anti-government protestors hold placards during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa on May 23, 2011, as Yemen's opposition vowed to step up street protests but said it was determined to avoid violence, after President Saleh refused to sign a Gulf-brokered deal for his leaving office. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Anti-government protestors show the 'tumbs-down' as they shout demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa on May 23, 2011, as Yemen's opposition vowed to step up street protests but said it was determined to avoid violence, after President Saleh refused to sign a Gulf-brokered deal for his leaving office. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy clashes erupt in Yemen capital, 9 dead
Two Yemeni men rest outside a shuttered shop as anti-government protestors demonstrate demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa on May 23, 2011, as Yemen's opposition vowed to step up street protests but said it was determined to avoid violence, after President Saleh refused to sign a Gulf-brokered deal for his leaving office. (AFP/Getty Images)