Yemeni soldiers gesture to protestors as they guard a street during a rally marking the third anniversary of the revolution in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.(AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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At least eight people were killed when armed tribesman launched an attack on Friday to stop maintenance crews repairing an oil pipeline blown up last month in southeast Yemen, tribal sources said.Six soldiers guarding the crews and two tribesmen were killed in the assault, which succeeded in halting work on the line linking Yemen's Masila oilfields to the al-Dabbah export facility on the Arabian Sea, said witnesses.Tensions between the government and tribes in surrounding Hadramout province have been running particularly high since early December, when an important chief was killed in a shooting at an army checkpoint, local media have reported.Tribesmen in the area had denied carrying out the explosions, but have said they would not allow the government to make repairs until it handed over the soldiers who killed the chief.
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