Tribal official Hamid Assem says the warplanes hit the villages of Khaliqa and Massoura, located some 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Sanaa, on Tuesday. He says four tribesmen were killed and six mudbrick houses destroyed.

A Yemeni tribal official says fighter jets pounded mountain villages outside the capital after anti—government tribes ambushed troops loyal to the country’s embattled president.

Tribal official Hamid Assem says the warplanes hit the villages of Khaliqa and Massoura, located some 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Sanaa, on Tuesday. He says four tribesmen were killed and six mudbrick houses destroyed.

Mr. Assem says the airstrikes took place after the anti—government Mehem tribe attacked troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The president is facing a mass protest movement calling for his ouster.

Also, witnesses say security forces fired on anti—government protesters in the southern city of Taiz, killing one and injuring four others.

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