5 killed in fresh sectarian clashes in Yemen

Observers fear that the Houthis, who recently seized several areas of the country's north following clashes with Salafists and other tribes, could be advancing on capital Sanaa.

5 killed in fresh sectarian clashes in Yemen

World Bulletin / News Desk

Five people were killed and six injured in Thursday clashes between Shiite Houthis and Salafist fighters in Yemen's northern Dhamar province, eyewitnesses said.

Four Salafists and one Houthi woman were killed in the clashes, according to witnesses, who said injuries had been sustained on both sides.

In January, deadly clashes broke out in the same district when a group of Houthis wrote slogans on a Salafist mosque.

Observers fear that the Houthis, who recently seized several areas of the country's north following clashes with Salafists and other tribes, could be advancing on capital Sanaa.

Between 2004 and 2010, the Yemeni government has engaged in six direct confrontations with the 14-year-old Shiite group, leaving thousands of casualties on both sides.

Yemen has struggled to maintain law and order since the ouster of long-serving president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.

Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 13:56
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