29 May 2011

Informal ceasefire in Sanaa

11:14 am on 29 May 2011

An informal ceasefire in Yemen, between security forces and a tribal group led by Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, has brought a pause in fighting.

Mediators say both sides have agreed to withdraw their forces from the Hassaba neighbourhood in the capital, Sanaa.

Fighting in the past week has killed some 115 people and forced thousands to leave the city.

It was the bloodiest fighting since unrest broke out in January.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has repeatedly refused to sign a deal that would see him transfer power within a month to a unity government.