2 soldiers killed in Houthi attack in Yemen's Amran

SANAA – Two Yemeni soldiers were killed and three others injured in Monday clashes with Shiite Houthi militants in the northern Amran province, a security source has said.

"Houthi militants attacked a security checkpoint at the southern entrance of Amran, killing two soldiers and injuring three others," the source told Anadolu Agency.

Several Houthi militants were also killed and injured in the attack, the source said.

According to the source, Houthi fighters have imposed a siege on the security checkpoint.

Amran remains the scene of sporadic clashes between the army and Houthis militants, the latter of which 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 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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