September 20, 2011 / 2:08 AM / in 8 years

Shelling rocks Yemen capital on third day of violence

SANAA (Reuters) - Heavy shelling and machinegun fire rocked Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Tuesday, on the third day of violence triggered by the deadliest crackdown yet on pro-democracy protesters, witnesses said.

Shots rang out in the early hours of the morning, residents told Reuters, despite reports of a ceasefire between troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and soldiers who had defected to the opposition.

Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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