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Yemen clashes between rebels, tribesmen kill 40

The officials said tribesmen have managed to take control of Houthi positions some 175 kilometers east of the capital Sanaa

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Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders say clashes between Shiite rebels and Islamist tribesmen have killed 40 people over two days in the country's north.

The officials said Saturday the fighting in al-Jawf province killed 18 of the Houthi rebels and 22 tribesmen who are backed by an army unit and allied with the Muslim Brotherhood's Islah party. The battle left dozens of wounded on both sides.

The officials said tribesmen have managed to take control of Houthi positions some 175 kilometers (109 miles) east of the capital Sanaa.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The Houthis have been camping for nearly three weeks in the capital near key installations, calling for the government's removal and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.