World Bulletin / News Desk
A least ten Shiite Houthi rebels were killed in Tuesday clashes with armed villagers in northern Yemen, a tribal source has said.
"Houthi militants planted bombs in the homes of three tribal leaders in Dufair village in Sanaa's Bani Matar directorate and blew them up, which led to clashes with villagers," the source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.
The violence, he added, had left ten Houthis dead and two villagers injured.
Houthi rebels also tried to take control of a mountain overlooking the village, but armed residents managed to repel the attack, the source added.
Recent months have seen sporadic clashes between Houthi militants and local tribesmen in northern Yemen, with the latter accusing the former of seeking to establish control over their territories.
The Shiite Houthi movement first appeared in 1992, taking Yemen's northern Saada province as its main base of operations.
Several rounds of subsequent fighting between the group and the army have left thousands dead on both sides.
Yemen in general has been dogged by turmoil since protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.Last Mod: 17 Haziran 2014, 12:22