SANAA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Fresh fighting broke out Wednesday morning between Yemeni government troops and opposition tribal rebels in the southern province of Taiz.
Artillery and heavy machine-gunfire rocked the area, some 200 km south of Sanaa where rival forces also were seen stepping up barricades.
There were no official reports on casualties among each side, but witnesses said dozens of residents were wounded as the four- hour-long random shelling destroyed scores of houses.
Taiz is a hotbed of the 10-month-long protest movement calling for ousting and prosecuting 33-year-ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Saleh on Nov. 23 signed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) deal in Riyadh and transferred power to his deputy Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in return for immunity from prosecution.
In line with the deal, Hadi nominated opposition coalition leader Mohamed Basindwa to form a new national interim government with equal seats from the opposition and the ruling party.
Basindwa said on Tuesday he will announce his cabinet within days, as ruling party officials said Hadi is working to consensually form a military and security committee to reconstruct post-Saleh army and security units, as well as to remove the military presence of rival forces from Sanaa and other cities.
However, rival forces through their media started to trade accusations of "military escalation" and blame others for seeking to breach the power-transfer deal.