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UN secretary general calls for end to Yemen clashes

RIA Novosti

23:00 25/05/2011 UN, May 25 (RIA Novosti) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged on Wednesday an end to clashes between Yemeni protesters and government troops in the capital of Saana.

"The secretary general calls on all the sides to continue efforts towards a peaceful settlement," Ban's spokesman said.

Fighting between government troops and armed opposition supporters intensified on Tuesday after a brief lull in a nation-wide uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh that has been raging for over three months.

According to Yemeni officials, at least 24 tribesmen and 14 government soldiers were killed on Tuesday in fierce street battles in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

The clashes followed the collapse on Sunday of a transition deal mediated by Gulf Arab neighbors that Saleh refused to sign. The deal would have given him immunity from prosecution after his voluntary resignation.

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