Deadly Houthi clashes leave 86 people killed

The tribesmen in Radaa reportedly destroyed two tanks and three armored vehicles used by the Houthis

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At least 86 people have been killed on Friday in clashes between Houthi rebels and local tribesmen in war-entrenched Yemen, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

Clashes broke out earlier in the day after at least 25 Houthi rebels were killed in an ambush by tribesmen near the town of Radaa, which is 100 miles south east of the capital Sanaa.

The tribesmen in Radaa, a mostly-Sunni district, reportedly destroyed two tanks and three armored vehicles used by the Houthi rebels.

Friday's clashes followed an attack by Houthi militas earlier on Thursday which killed at least 15 members of local tribes, including five women, in the same town, during heavy artillery shelling, according Agence France Presse.

Yemen has plunged into war since former mass protests led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012. Yemen has been beset for years by an al-Qaeda-led insurgency that has staged dozens of suicide attacks against security personnel and army forces. Poverty and unemployment also take a huge toll on Yemen.

But the Shiite militias have especially shocked the region with their surprise takeover of the capital Sanaa on Sep. 21.

The Houthis, who are members of the Zaydi sect of Shi’ite Islam that predominates in Northern Yemen, have expanded their presence throughout the country taking advantage of the disarray in the national army and security forces.

Saleh, arguably the most influential leader Yemen has known for decades, has been accused of backing the rebels in his attempt to return to power.

[With AFP]

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