Fighting in Yemen kills 16 Shiite rebels, 10 Sunni tribesmen

Yemeni security and military officials say fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen in the country's south has left 26 dead.

Sanaa: Yemeni security and military officials say fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen in the country's south has left 26 dead.

The rebels, known as Houthis, were supported by army troops when they fought the tribesmen in Bayda province in clashes that began the night earlier. The Houthis lost 16 fighters and the tribesmen 10, the officials said.

Tens of thousands marched in protest against the Houthis Saturday in the cities of Ibb, Taiz, Hodeida, Dhamar and the capital, Sanaa. In Ibb, protesters set a Houthi military vehicle ablaze before the rebels dispersed them.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release the information otherwise.

Also today, the United Arab Emirates' news agency said the country had suspended operations of its embassy in Sanaa.  

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