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20 people killed in Yemen clashes

At least 20 people have been killed, including three civilians, in clashes between Yemeni government troops and a renegade army unit in the capital Sanaa, officials said.

The fighting broke out between renegade soldiers joined by allied tribal fighters and government forces in the Hassaba neighbourhood.

The district has been the scene of a tense stand-off for months between forces loyal to embattled president Ali Abdullah Saleh and rivals who have sided with protesters demanding the long-time leader step down.

Mr Saleh has managed to cling to power despite the mass demonstrations and growing international pressure to resign.

On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution urging Mr Saleh to immediately accept a power transfer deal and end escalating violence.

A government official said on Saturday the regime is ready to deal "positively" with the resolution.

A Yemeni medical official said three civilians and five troops from the renegade army unit, led by Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, were killed in the clashes.

Seven tribal fighters and five government troops were also killed, officials said.

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