World Bulletin / News Desk
Rebels from the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen are relocating fighters and weapons from the northwestern Saada province, the group's main stronghold, to advance to nearby Amran, the latter's deputy governor said on Sunday.
"The situation is very tense as Houthis continue to relocate militants from Saada to invade Amran," Abdel-Rahman al-Saar told Anadolu Agency.
"The Houthi militants, currently taking positions in Amran, are not from the province as the group claims," he added, accusing the group of breaching a June 4 ceasefire with the Yemeni army, brokered by the presidency.
"The residents of Amran will fight the Houthis to their last breath," al-Saar added.
A military official told AA earlier that Houthi rebels conducted a rocket attack on Yemeni military sites in Amran's Din Mountains, without revealing whether casualties have fallen.
The official said that the Houthis took advantage of the ceasefire to mobilize rebels with the aim of attacking government troops.
Amran has been the scene of sporadic clashes between the army and Houthi rebels, the latter of whom also frequently clash with local tribesmen.
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 pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.Last Mod: 15 Haziran 2014, 17:57