Sanaa: Nine people were killed in clashes
between Yemen`s Shiite rebels and government-backed tribes in
the northern town of Huth on Monday, a tribal official said to a news agency.
"Violent clashes took place at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) between
Huthi rebels and tribesmen in which five Huthis and four
tribesmen were killed and several others were wounded from
both sides," the official said.
"Clashes erupted when several Huthis entered the town
under the excuse of offering their condolences to the family
of a fellow Huthi killed two days ago," a witness said.
The man was killed by a supporter of the pro-government
prominent tribal chief Sheikh Hussein al-Ahmar who had ordered
tribesmen to kill any Shiite rebel entering Huth, in Amran
province, according to a source close to the rebels.
The situation in Huth, which lies halfway between Sanaa
and the rebels` stronghold of Saada, remained "tense," a
source close to Ahmar said, adding that "a new round of
clashes is expected between both sides."
On August 1, Ahmar helped mediate the release of 100
Yemeni soldiers captured by the Huthis in recent fighting.
The rebels and the army engaged in deadly fighting in
July that lasted nine days, rattling an already fragile truce
agreed in February which had ended a six-month round of
fighting in a conflict that started in 2004.
The Shiite rebels complain of political, social and
religious marginalisation, and have repeatedly fought with
government forces in a conflict that has killed thousands and
displaced some 250,000 people.