World Bulletin / News Desk
24 people have been reported to have been killed as fighting between rival groups in northern Yemen enter a second day.
Fighting broke out in the city of Damaj, which has been besieged by Shi’ite rebels for weeks. 100 people were also wounded when rockets and tank shells hit a mosque and dormitories for students at a nearby religious school.
Fighting erupted on Wednesday despite government mediation efforts to shore up a truce in place since late last year in a province long beyond the control of the authorities in Sanaa.
Shi’ite tribes have accused Salafi groups of bringing in foreign fighters to the city, but the Salafis say the foreigners are students there to study Islamic theology in a seminary built in the 1980s. They have also accused the Salafis of stockpiling weapons, a charge they deny.
Officials said fighting continued around Damaj on Thursday, and the government urged all parties to cease violence.
Apart from the Salafi-Houthi Shi’ites conflict, Yemen is struggling with southern secessionists and militants of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has plotted attacks on U.S. airliners and targets in Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter.
On Thursday, suspected al Qaeda militants attacked an army checkpoint in the southern province of Abyan, killing four soldiers, a local official and residents said. They said the assailants had withdrawn taking their casualties with them.Last Mod: 31 Ekim 2013, 15:28