Arhab: The number of the people killed in recent clashes between government troops and opposition forces in Arhab district northeast of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, has reached 23. Tanks operated by Yemen’s elite Republican Guards, which is loyal to the country’s Ali Abdullah Saleh, invaded the villages of Shaab area of Arhab district, located some 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Sana’a, late on Monday and shelled the opposition bases in the region, Xinhua reported.The clashes left at least 23 opposition forces killed and several others wounded. News sources had earlier put the death toll at 13.
Most Arhab tribes are loyal to former Yemeni General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who defected from Yemen’s army and joined opposition forces since the beginning of the uprising in the Middle Eastern country.
Arhab district has been the front line of almost daily clashes between opposition forces — who back the demand of protesters that Saleh must step down after 32 years in power — and Republican Guards since late May.
Saleh and five other high-ranking Yemeni officials fled to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, following a rocket attack on the presidential palace in Sana’a on June 3.
Protesters in Yemen have vowed to continue their rallies through the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan until their demands are met.
Hundreds of people have been killed and many more injured in the Arab country since the popular uprising began in late January.