A Yemeni security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that a military unit and tribesmen exchanged gunfire as troops headed to secure and repair a damaged pipeline in the city of Marib. He accused tribesmen of sabotage and supporting ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh who was removed from power after a yearlong uprising in 2012.

Clashes erupted after the Yemeni military led a campaign to stop attacks on oil pipelines, which cost the country nearly 15 million dollars a day, according to government figures.


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