Opposition tribesmen in Yemen say government snipers in the capital, Sana’a, have killed three supporters of tribal leader Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar.
The shootings Monday came a day after Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur Hadi ordered his forces to vacate opposition-controlled areas of the capital, while al-Ahmar began to evacuate his militia from government buildings and called for an end to the fighting
Late Sunday, Al-Ahmar agreed to a cease-fire with Hadi, Al-Ahmar spokesman Abdulqawi Al-Qaisi told CNN.
The cease-fire deal followed two weeks of clashes between government and tribal forces in Yemen, where thousands of protesters have been pressuring Saleh to give up power since January.
The fighting erupted when Saleh balked at a deal with the opposition that would have eased him out of office in 30 days.
A senior U.S. official said Saleh had shrapnel wounds and severe burns to his face and chest, adding that it was not clear how serious the injuries were. The official declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation.
Yemen’s largest opposition bloc had vowed to prevent Saleh from returning.
“The Yemeni people will do all in their power to not allow Saleh to re-enter the country,” Joint Meeting Parties spokesman Mohammed Qahtan said Sunday.
The president’s sons and nephews control a significant part of the security apparatus,” Hiltermann said. “And they might yet put up a fight, or decide to go into negotiations over a transition of power.”