7 Houthis killed in clashes in Yemen's Al-Bayda

SANAA (AA) – Seven Shiite Houthi militants were killed in Friday clashes with armed tribesmen in Yemen's central Al-Bayda province, a tribal source has said.

"Clashes erupted between Houthi militants and armed tribesmen in Al-Qat market in Al-Bayda city," the source told The Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity.

No information is yet available regarding casualties among tribesmen.

Houthi leaders, for their part, could not be reached for comment.

In recent months, militants belonging to the Shiite Houthi movement have fought with armed tribesmen for control of the strategic province, leaving hundreds dead or injured.

The Houthis emerged as a formidable political and military force last September, when the Shiite group assumed control of capital Sanaa before establishing control over other parts of the country as well.

Last week, the Houthi leadership issued a "constitutional declaration" dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member "transitional council."

According to the declaration, pro-Houthi "revolutionary committees" will now form a transitional council to replace the dissolved assembly.

Fractious Yemen has remained in political turmoil since autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 following a months-long popular uprising against his 33-year rule.

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