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UN's Yemen envoy leaves country to make report

Bin Omar says there is progress in the political situation even as warring factions resume fighting

The bodies of dead protesters lie on a Red Crescent vehicle
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The bodies of dead protesters lie on a Red Crescent vehicle after a rally following prayersat Freedom Square in Taez on Friday. The men were killed during clashes with soldiers.
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Sana'a: The UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Bin Omar, left the country's capital yesterday, hours after the warring factions resumed fighting in the capital's restive district of Hasba.

Bin Omar is expected to submit a report to the UN Security council on Wednesday on the situation in the country after the outgoing president signed the GCC deal.

Saba News Agency quoted Bin Omar as saying that there is a progress in the political situation after the GCC-brokered deal for a unity government, early presidential election and the formation of the military committee.

He admitted there are obstacles that can be overcome by dialogue.

On Friday night he warned the United Nations would closely observe the developments in Yemen and would impose punitive measures on parties impeding the implementation of a peaceful solution in the country.

He told reporters he received a pledge from the military committee that it would take quick action to return normality by next Saturday by removing checkpoints, barricades and pulling back armed forces and militia from the streets.

Yesterday the committee began removing the checkpoints and barricades that were set up during the 11-month uprising against the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Sporadic clashes erupted on Friday night in Hasba between government forces and armed men loyal to the tribal leader Sadeq Al Ahmar. The sound of shelling could be heard in some parts of the capital.

Saba said a security source had accused Al Ahmar's forces of trying to thwart the efforts of the security committee by shelling the Shura council building, Yemen Mobile and other public and private property in Sufan and Hasba. Ahmar's office denied the accusations and accused some elements in the regime of trying to provoke Al Ahmar's forces into fighting.

Crowds of protesters in Yemen yesterday marked the first anniversary of the Arab Spring, vowing to push on until Saleh's regime was put on trial for killing protesters.