Yemen's army foils Houthi attacks in Amran

Calm has prevailed, but a military source expected clashes to flare up again

Yemen's army foils Houthi attacks in Amran

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Yemeni army has thwarted attacks by Houthi militants in different parts of the northern Amran province, according to a military source.

Hundreds of Houthi militants launched attacks against Yemeni army personnel in areas at the southeastern and eastern entrances to Amran late Saturday, said the source, requesting anonymity for not being authorized to speak to the media.

"The ensuing clashes left a number of Houthi rebels killed and wounded," added the source, without giving the exact number of Houthi casualties or whether the army had sustained any casualties.

The source said calm has prevailed, but expected clashes to flare up again.

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has tasked a new mediation team to broker a cessation of hostilities between the army and the Houthis in Amran, tribal sources said Friday.

Amran remains the site of sporadic clashes between the Yemeni army and Houthi militants, who also frequently clash with local tribesmen.

The Shiite movement first appeared in 1992, taking Yemen's northern Saada province as its main base of operations.

Several rounds of subsequent fighting between the militant 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.

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