Thousands flee in northern Yemen as rebel fighting escalates
At least 10,000 families were forced to flee from their homes as fighting escalated between Yemeni government forces and rebels in the north, according to Agence France Presse.
Clashes between government and Shiite Houthi rebels in the northern city of Amran have intensified in recent days, forcing thousands to flee their homes.
However, at least 5,000 more families remained trapped in the city, according to the Yemeni Red Crescent Society.
Shiite Houthi rebels, considered a minority in Yemen, have blamed Sanaa for marginalizing their community for decades. However, with the recent decision earlier this year to divide the country into a six-state federation, the Houthis have been attempting to expand their territory in response to the plan that they say will divide the country into poor and rich regions.
Sanaa's forces have thus been directly fighting with the Houthis in the northern areas since February, as the rebels advance their presence into mountainous areas that are considered strategic en route to the capital.
Since Saturday, more than 60 bodies of individuals that have been killed in the clashes have been brought to Amran's main hospital, according to AFP's medic source.
"Around 180 wounded, many of them civilians, were also admitted," the source added.
Information on the total death toll was not yet clear at the time of the report.
Earlier Tuesday, Sanaa also bombed Amran's Warak neighborhood that is under rebel control, leaving hundreds more fleeing for their lives.