25 dead as Shiite rebels, tribesmen clash in Yemen
Sanaa: Twenty-five gunmen have been killed
in three days of fighting between tribesmen and Shiite rebels
in Yemen`s troubled north, an official said on Sunday.
The clashes flared Friday in the province of Hajja, just
a day after 20 other gunmen were killed in fighting between
Sunni Salafists and Zaidi Shiite rebels in a separate northern
town, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Tribes involved in the latest fighting, which took place
in Hajja`s Wadi Misyar region, are aligned with the Sunni
fundamentalists that have for months been battling Shiites in
the country`s north, the official added.
Fighting between Sunni fundamentalists and Huthi rebels
has also raged in the northern town of Dammaj, where a
Salafist Islamic teaching school was besieged by the Shiite
At least 71 people were been killed in clashes that
erupted in mid-October, a spokesman for the Dar al-Hadith
school said in late December.
In 2004, Zaidi Shiites, who regularly complain of
inequality and marginalisation by the central government,
rebelled against President Ali Abdullah Saleh`s regime.
Thousands of Yemenis were killed before a ceasefire was
declared in February 2010.
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