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S. YEMEN ACCUSED OF VIOLATING TRUCE

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A northern Yemen official said southern warplanes violated an hours-old unilateral cease-fire by bombarding ground forces Tuesday. No casualties or damage were immediately reported.

The inter-Yemen conflict that has festered for months broke out into war May 4 when the rift between President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a northerner, and his vice president, Ali Salem al-Beidh, a southerner, boiled over.A cease-fire was declared by the northern government in San`a on Monday and put into effect at midnight.

Southern leaders welcomed the cease-fire announcement and said they hoped it would not be broken. There was no immediate reaction to the north's charge Tuesday that the south violated the truce.

"Aden aircraft are bombarding all around . . . since 6 a.m. this morning," northern Planning Minister Abdul Karim el-Eryani said. He did not specify where the bombing was taking place.

"When jets fly over troops, they will have to fire back," he said when asked about reports from Aden that gunfire was heard coming from outside the city before dawn.