38 killed in fighting between Houthi rebels and security forces in Sanaa

A house belonging to an officer of the Yemen army is pictured after it was taken by the Houthi movement during clashes in the Wadi Dhahr suburb of the Yemeni capital Sanaa September 17, 2014. (Reuters)

At least 38 have been killed in clashes between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and security forces in Sanaa’s suburbs, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

The rebels have reached a suburb of Yemen's capital where they are fighting rival militias and besieging a university run by one of the nation's best known Sunni radicals.

The officials say Thursday's fighting in Shamlan has forced thousands to flee their homes, but they have no word on casualties. They say the Houthis are surrounding the Iman University, an institution long viewed as a primary breeding ground for militants.

They say 60 people have been killed in the fighting during the last 48 hours.

The Houthis have recently routed their rivals, expanding the area under their control in northern Yemen.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.


(With the Associated Press)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43