Yemen's Houthis clash with tribesmen in Sanaa village

Clashes broke out Friday between members of the Shiite Houthi militant group and armed tribesmen in the Arhab district of Yemeni capital Sanaa

Yemen's Houthis clash with tribesmen in Sanaa village
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Three Yemeni tribesmen were killed Saturday in clashes with Shiite Houthi militants in the Arhab district in northern Sanaa, a tribal source has said.

"Three tribesmen were killed and others were injured in the clashes," the source told The Anadolu Agency.

The source said that a number of Houthi militants were also killed when tribesmen blew up their patrol in Bani Atban area in western Arhab district.

The fresh violence came one day after seven Houthi militants were killed in clashes with tribesmen in the district.

Houthi leaders could not be reached for comment.

Since they took control of capital Sanaa in late September, the Houthis have sought to expand their influence to other parts of the country farther afield.

The Houthis' growing power in fractious Yemen has raised fears of sectarian conflict in the poor Arab country, which has remained in turmoil since a 2011 popular uprising ended the decades-long rule of president Ali Abdullah Saleh one year later.

Meanwhile, three people – a soldier and two militants – were killed Saturday in clashes in Yemen's northern Hajjah province, a local official has said.

"Two militants wearing women clothes opened fire on a soldier when he stopped a passenger vehicle they were riding for searching," the official told The Anadolu Agency.

Two militants were killed in ensuing clashes and several others were detained, the source said.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Aralık 2014, 14:19