Yemen, rebels report about gains during fighting

Published September 3rd, 2009 - 01:17 GMT

The Yemeni government said on Thursday it had killed 11 Shiite rebels in fighting in the north of the country, while the rebels posted footage on the Internet showing dozens of captured soldiers. According to Reuters, a military spokesman said the army had taken control of five rebel hideouts and "destroyed a number of locations where the rebels and terrorists were".


The state-run news agency SABA reported that one of al-Houthi leaders and two other rebels have surrendered themselves in al-Abdein area, south of the city of Saada, after they were besieged by locals and soldiers deployed in the area. An official source in Saada province has confirmed that the rebel Ghaleb Qaid along with two other rebels were trying to sneak to al-Abdein area.

On their part, the rebels, led by Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, published footage on their website that showed scores of captured government troops being escorted out of the Maran area. Other footage showed soldiers surrendering and a tank on fire.



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