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Three killed as Shi'ite Houthi fighters clash with Yemeni army

SANAA (Reuters) - Two Shi'ite Muslim Houthi tribal fighters and a soldier were killed in Yemen on Saturday in renewed clashes in the northern province of Amran, local officials told Reuters. Elsewhere disgruntled tribesmen bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline, forcing oil flows to be stopped. Attacks on oil and gas pipelines as a means to pressure the government are frequent in Yemen, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country.

Yemen rebels withdrawing from positions near capital

Shiite rebels have begun withdrawing from positions they seized near the Yemeni capital under a truce agreed with armed tribesmen allied with the influential Sunni Al-Islah (reform) party, officials say. But some rebel fighters, known as Ansarullah or Huthis, are refusing to evacuate positions they won after months of deadly battles despite an ultimatum by the army, tribal and military sources say. The army meanwhile has deployed to prevent those who have left from returning to their positions, the military says.

Two Yemeni soldiers killed as Houthi fighters hit army base

SANAA (Reuters) - Two Yemeni soldiers were killed on Thursday when Shi'ite Muslim Houthi tribal fighters attacked an army base near the capital Sanaa, military sources said. Another four soldiers were injured in the attack, the sources added, as sectarian fighting that flared up in October in the north spread closer to Sanaa. Four Houthi rebels were also injured, they said.

At least 40 killed in Yemen as Houthi fighters near capital

SANAA (Reuters) - At least 40 people have been killed in three days of fighting between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen, sources on both sides said on Sunday, as sectarian fighting that flared up in October in the north drew closer to the capital Sanaa. Fighters loyal to the Shi'ite Houthi tribe, who have repeatedly fought government forces since 2004, are trying to tighten their grip on the north as Yemen - home to one of al Qaeda's most active branches - moves towards a federal system that gives more power to regional authorities.

Shi'ite rebels, tribes agree ceasefire in north Yemen: sources

SANAA (Reuters) - Shi'ite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen agreed a local ceasefire in northern Yemen on Tuesday after clashes between the rivals killed about 60 people there last week, tribal sources said. Tribal sources told Reuters on Tuesday the truce, mediated by the mayor of the capital Sanaa, stipulated that fighters from both sides withdraw from the area and let the army deploy.

Shi'ites overrun rival strongholds in north Yemen; 40 dead

SANAA (Reuters) - Shi'ite rebels have overrun strongholds of a rival Sunni tribal group in fighting that has killed at least 40 people in northern Yemen in the last two days, tribal sources said on Sunday. The fighting compounds the challenges faced by U.S.-allied Yemen, which is struggling to stabilize a country that is home to one of al Qaeda's most active branches. One of the poorest countries in the Arab world, it has been in turmoil since mass protests in 2011 forced long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Gunmen kill leading figure in Yemeni Shi'ite Muslim group

SANAA (Reuters) - Unknown assailants shot and killed a leader of the Yemeni Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group in Sanaa on Tuesday while he was on his way to attend reconciliation talks in the Yemeni capital, officials at the talks said. They said the gunmen opened fire on Ahmad Sharafeddin, a former dean of the school of law at Sanaa University, and he died immediately.

North Yemen fighting has killed at least 210, Salafis say

SANAA (Reuters) - At least 210 people have been killed in two months of fighting between Shi'ite Muslim Houthis and Sunni Salafis in northern Yemen, a Salafi spokesman said on Monday. The violence erupted on October 30 when the Houthi rebels who control much of the northern Saada province accused Salafis in the town of Damaj of recruiting thousands of foreign fighters to prepare to attack them. The Salafis say the foreigners are students seeking to deepen their knowledge of Islam.

Shi'ite-Sunni ceasefire takes hold in north Yemen

SANAA (Reuters) - Fighting in north Yemen between Shi'ite Muslim Houthis and Sunni Salafis stopped on Saturday as a ceasefire deal took effect, according to a presidential committee trying to help end the conflict. More than 100 people have been killed since fighting erupted on October 30 when the Houthi rebels who control much of Saada province on the Saudi border accused Salafis in the town of Damaj of recruiting thousands of foreign fighters to prepare to attack them.

Three killed in shelling in troubled north Yemen town, Salafis say

SANAA (Reuters) - Three people were killed on Sunday when Shi'ite Houthi rebels shelled a school in a northern Yemeni town where sectarian fighting has killed more than 100 people, a spokesman for a hardline Sunni Muslim group said. Houthi fighters control much of the northerly Saada province, on the border with Saudi Arabia, which has been their base for a long-running rebellion against the government, and the sectarian rivalry in the town of Damaj is now hampering reconciliation efforts.
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