Two die in Yemen clash

Updated 11 November 2012
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Two die in Yemen clash

ADEN: Two aides to a tribal chief with alleged Al-Qaeda links were killed in a clash with pro-army militiamen in the troubled southern province of Abyan yesterday, a local militia official said.
“Two aides of (Tareq Al-Fadhli) were killed and another man was wounded” when the militiamen fired on Fadhli’s house in Abyan’s capital Zinjibar, the official said on condition of anonymity.
On Nov. 5, hundreds of the militiamen, known as the Popular Resistance Committees and who fought alongside the Yemeni army to oust Al-Qaeda from southern towns last May, surrounded Fadhli’s home. They want the known warlord, who has fought in Afghanistan, to turn himself into the police.
Last week, tribal chief Hussein Al-Waheshi said the local security committee agreed that Fadhli should “surrender to the public prosecutor who issued an arrest warrant last month over threats to kill leaders of the (southern) Socialist Party.” The militiamen threatened to storm the house if he refused to surrender.
The militia official said yesterday that tribal mediators had secured an agreement “for (Fadhli’s) departure from Zinjibar” to the nearby southern port city of Aden, but did not specify if he planned to surrender.
Al-Qaeda militants took advantage of the weakness of Yemen’s central government during an uprising last year against now ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh to seize large swathes of territory in the south, including Zinjibar and other Abyan towns.


Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border

Updated 38 min 19 sec ago
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Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border

GAZA: Israel dropped leaflets in the Gaza Strip on Friday warning Palestinians not to approach its border fence as the military braced for fresh clashes along the frontier.
Thousands of Palestinians were expected to gather along the Israel-Gaza border, as they have every Friday over the past month for mass demonstrations that have turned violent and during which Israeli forces have killed thirty-one Palestinians and wounded hundreds.
Each week, some Gazans have hurled stones and burning tires near the frontier fence, where Israeli army sharpshooters are deployed.
The soldiers have opened fire at those who come too close to the fence, drawing international criticism for the lethal tactics used.
Israel has blamed the Islamist militant group Hamas of staging riots and trying to carry out attacks.
It was the first time leaflets were dropped in the recent round of violence.
“The Hamas terror organization is taking advantage of you in order to carry out terror attacks. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared for all scenarios. Stay away from the fence and do not attempt to harm it,” said the leaflets scattered by Israeli aircraft in the early morning in areas along the border.
The mass protest, dubbed “The Great March of Return” — evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel — began on March 30 and is expected to culminate on May 15.