Yemen has seen an increase in tribal killings in recent months. At least five people were killed and another three injured in a gunfight between rival tribesmen and government security forces on 19 November. After the killing, a local tribal chief criticised the government for interfering in tribal affairs. ‘Tribesmen can deal with problems without the involvement of a third party,’ he told the local daily the Yemen Times. ‘We have ways to settle our disputes and this loss of life is merely a result of the government’s interference.’ (MEED 21:11:03)