World Bulletin/News Desk
At least 23 people were killed in fierce clashes in northern Yemen between Shiite Houthi militants and armed tribesmen, a local official said Saturday.
"At least 15 Houthi militants and eight tribesmen were killed in the clashes that continued through the night till Saturday morning in Magzer directorate on the border between the provinces of Al-Jawf and Maarib," the source told Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity.
According to the source, the clashes erupted when the Houthi militants attacked sites held by tribesmen allied to the army.
The clashes also left dozens injured from both sides, including 15 tribesmen, he added, noting that violence is still raging in the area.
Clashes first erupted in Al-Jawf between Houthis and pro-army tribesmen in April, resulting in casualties on both sides.
A few weeks ago, a presidential mediation committee succeeded in brokering a temporary ceasefire between the warring camps – but this proved short-lived.
Al-Jawf is strategically important in that it is located near Yemen's eastern Maarib province, the center of the country's oil production.
Yemen has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012 after 33 years in power.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ağustos 2014, 11:23