25 dead as Shiite rebels, tribesmen clash in Yemen

Last Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 21:22

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
rebels.

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.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 21:22

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