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Tribal leader killed in pro-and anti-saleh protests in Yemen--gunmen torch the Hudaida HQ Of main opposition Islah--start of Sanaa University's second academic year postponed.

A Yemeni tribal leader was killed in clashes that broke out Tuesday between protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his supporters, a local official said. Naji Nasm, who backed the Islamist opposition Islah (Reform) party, was shot dead during a demonstration in the northern al-Jawf province, the official told Reuters. The impoverished Arabian Peninsula state has been rocked by weeks of demonstrations that have undermined Saleh's 32-year grip on power, with both pro- and anti-government factions appearing to resort increasingly to violence in the struggle. At least eight demonstrators and three soldiers have died since Saturday, raising the death toll from unrest to almost 40.

In the province of Hudaida, gunmen torched the local headquarters of the main opposition Islah party and attacked its staff, injuring five people, two of them seriously, the party said on its website. It blamed Saleh loyalists for the incident. In Sanaa, university officials postponed indefinitely the start of the second academic term, state media said. Sanaa University has been the scene of bloody confrontations for weeks between protesters holding a sit-in outside the campus, police and Saleh loyalists. The interior ministry sacked the commander of security forces in the restive southern port city of Aden, state media said, without giving a reason. In the central province of Maarib, tribesmen prevented technicians from repairing an oil pipeline that was damaged in an attack Monday, officials told Reuters.
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Title Annotation:YEMEN-PROTESTS
Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Mar 16, 2011
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