Yemen forces say kill 100 Houthi fighters in Saada

Yemen security forces said they have killed 100 fighters and injured a further 280 in the country's northern Saada province.

Yemen forces say kill 100 Houthi fighters in Saada

Yemen security forces said they have killed 100 fighters and injured a further 280 in the country's northern Saada province.

The conflict has intensified since the army began "Operation Scorched Earth" on Aug. 11, and aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian crisis in the north, where up to 150,000 people have fled their homes since Shi'ite tribesmen launched an insurgency in 2004.

"Our armed and security forces put a stop to them and inflicted painful and heavy blows on them during which the terrorist 'Houthi' elements lost more than 100 people and more than 280 were injured," the military said in a statement issued late on Friday, referring to fighters led by Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.

The northern Zaydi rebels say they suffer religious discrimination by Sunni sect-supportes who have gained in strength because of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's close ties to Saudi Arabia, which adheres to a puritanical form of Sunni Islam.

Yemeni authorities have barred journalists and diplomats from travelling independently to the rugged provinces of Saada, Amran and Hajjeh, where troops and pro-government tribesmen are battling the well-armed Houthis and their tribal allies.

Reuters
Last Mod: 10 Ekim 2009, 17:04
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