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Powerful tribe takes over vital Sanaa district

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- With chains and locks, a powerful Yemeni tribe has sealed several government buildings as it lays siege to a vital Sanaa district in fierce clashes with government forces.

A medical official says Tuesday that a total of seven people have been killed and 42 others injured since fighters of the Hashid, Yemen's biggest tribe, have engaged in an unprecedented confrontation since Monday with troops of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Saleh himself belongs to the Hashid, but its leader, Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, has announced he is joining the uprising to try to oust Saleh.

Automatic weapons, mortars, and tanks are being used to blast some buildings, setting government offices on fire.

By the end of Monday, Hashid militiamen appear to be largely in control of the districts around the ministries of industry and economy -- and even the ruling party headquarters.

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