Clashes between Yemen’s Houthis and tribesmen kill 22

Published September 16th, 2014 - 12:17 GMT

Twenty-two people were killed after clashes erupted between Shia Houthi militants and government-backed tribesmen in northern Yemen, according to Reuters.

Local sources told Reuters the dead included 15 Houthi fighters, while the rebels killed two tribesmen in addition to five others on Monday and Tuesday.

Fighting in Al-Jawf province, northeast of Yemen’s capital Sanaa has further destabilized the country as the government battles the growing threat of Al Qaeda insurgency along with a range of other hostilities.

Shia gunmen aligned with the Houthi rebel movement have continued to pursue a decade-old conflict with the Sunni dominated government for what they say is a stand against corruption and discrimination.

Houthi militants suspended negotiations with the government Monday due to "foreign interference".

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East with over half of the country’s population living below the poverty line.


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