12 Houthis killed in S. Yemen clashes with tribesmen

SANAA (AA) – Twelve militants from Yemen's Shiite Houthi group were killed on Sunday during clashes with armed tribesmen in the southern province of Al-Bayda', a tribal source has said.

"Tribesmen attacked a site seized by the Houthis in Al-Malah area earlier, sparking the violent confrontations," the source added.

He noted that the tribesmen had attacked the site to thwart a Houthi advance toward another district in the area.

The source claimed that that Houthi militants were backed by military forces during the clashes, noting that the tribesmen destroyed a military vehicle.

He added that the clashes also left casualties among the tribesmen, but failed to mention the exact figures in this regard.

Houthis had tried to seize Al-Zaher district, a gateway to the southern province of Lahij, after they took over several parts of Al-Bayda' province.

Earlier on Sunday, one Houthi militant and one tribesman were killed in clashes in the central province of Ibb, according to a security official.

In recent months, Yemen has seen the emergence of a new political crisis – one that has left the Shiite Houthi group in control of capital Sanaa and certain other provinces.

Earlier this month, the Shiite militant group issued what it described as a "constitutional declaration", dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council.

The declaration, however, was rejected by most of Yemen's political forces – along with neighboring countries – which described it as a coup against constitutional legitimacy.

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