World Bulletin/News Desk
Yemen's central province of Al-Bayda' suffers acute shortages of medical equipment, medicines and doctors due to ongoing clashes between Al-Qaeda and armed tribesmen, on one hand, and Shiite Houthis, on the other, a Yemeni official said Sunday.
Mohamed al-Samawi, the head of the Yemeni Health Ministry's office in al-Bayda', was quoted by the website of the country's Defense Ministry as saying that local clinics in two of Al-Bayda' districts were totally destroyed because of the clashes.
He called on concerned agencies to rescue the health sector in the central Yemeni province, noting that this sector had been severely affected by ongoing violence in the province.
Houthis and Al-Qaeda have been fighting for the control of Al-Bayda' for several days.
The Shiite movement has been controlling the Yemeni capital Sanaa since September 21, but is now moving to extend its control farther afield.
Yemen has remained in turmoil since a popular uprising that erupted in 2011 ousted long-serving president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.
Some observers fear that Houthi control of the capital could open the door for a Sunni-Shiite civil war in Yemen.
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