Houthis killed in Yemen clashes; journalist kidnapped

Clashes continue in Radaa city after an explosion on Tuesday night and with further clashes today resulting in the death of several Houthis. Yemen's Nasserist Unionist People's Organization on Saturday accused members of the Shiite Houthi group of abducting one of its journalists and four other members in the central Ibb province.

Houthis killed in Yemen clashes; journalist kidnapped
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 Several Houthi militants were reportedly killed on Saturday in clashes with armed tribesmen in the central Radaa city, a local official has said.

"Clashes broke out between Houthi militants and armed tribesmen, leaving several Houthis dead," a local official, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

He said two vehicles belonging to the Houthis were also destroyed in the violence.

According to the source, several Houthis were also killed in confrontations with tribesmen in Dar al-Nagd district in Radaa.

There were no details about casualties among tribesmen.

The Houthi group could not be reached for a comment.

The Houthis emerged as a formidable political and military force in Yemen when they assumed control of Sanaa in September before moving on to establish control over other parts of the country as well.

Over the past few days, Sanaa has been rocked by deadly clashes between Houthi militants and presidential guard units amid an apparent push by the former to consolidate control over the country.

Mohamed al-Masoudi, a correspondent for the party's newspaper, was kidnapped on Saturday morning, along with four others, in the city of Al-Qaidah in Ibb, the party said on its website.

Houthi leaders could not be reached for comment.

The Houthis emerged as a formidable political and military force in Yemen when they assumed control of capital Sanaa in September before moving on to establish control over other parts of the country as well.

Over the past few days, Sanaa was rocked by deadly clashes between Houthi militants and presidential guard units amid an apparent push by the former to consolidate control over the country. 

The rise of the Houthis has pitted the Shiite group against local Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda, the latter of which is said to remain active in Yemen.

Yemen has remained in the throes of turmoil since President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 under pressure from a months-long popular uprising against his 33-year rule.

 

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