The 11-day battle between Yemen's security forces and the powerful Ahmar tribe has largely taken place in the northern Hasaba neighborhood of the capital, Sanaa, where overnight fighting disrupted flights and killed at least 15 people including a seven-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet, according to AFP. But in recent hours a new battleground is emerging at a military checkpoint north of the capital, where thousands of rural tribal fighters from Amran Province are battling with government troops in an attempt to join the Ahmar fighters in their Hasaba stronghold. Yemen's defense ministry claims the army stopped the tribesmen from entering Sanaa, the AP notes, but an army officer who has defected from the military says the fighting is still raging and that the tribesmen captured and later released 30 Yemeni soldiers. An Amran resident added that warplanes are flying over the area.
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