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Clashes Flare between Houthis and Tribal Men, 9 Killed

December 6 (Republican Yemen) ___ Clashes intensified on Thursday between Iran-allied Houthis and tribal gunmen south the rebel-held capital Sana’a, killing 9 and wounding dozens.

Local sources said the infighting broke out when the Houthi rebels stormed a village called Al Hait to stop the commemoration of the second anniversary of the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whom Houthis killed two years ago.

According to eyewitnesses, tribes of Sanhan confronted the militia and took control of Kanea Mountain, which overlooks the entire area.

Houthis, for their part, sent more reinforcement to deter the tribes.

“I saw about 40 personnel vehicles carrying fighters and heading south,” a resident in Sana’a spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear for his own safety.

On December 4, 2017, Houthi rebels killed ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh for calling on Yemenis to break their silence and protect the republican project from the sectarian group of Houthis, who staged a coup in late 2014 and took control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a.

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