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Fighting kills at least 15 in northeast Yemen

Fighting erupted in the northeastern province on Tuesday night using heavy weaponry.

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Fighting between Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to the Islamist Islah party has killed at least 15 people in al-Jouf province, Yemeni tribal sources said on Wednesday.

According to tribal sources, fighting erupted in the northeastern province on Tuesday night with both sides using heavy weaponry, including tanks that were previously captured from the army.

The Houthis, named after their leader's tribe, have said their fight was against rivals loyal to the Islamist Islah party, which has links to the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, rather than the government.

The Houthis, who control much of the northern Saada province neighboring al-Jouf, and bordering Saudi Arabia, are trying to consolidate their power in the north as the country moves towards a federal system that gives more power to regional authorities.