Deaths reported in Yemen clashes

Houthis say they killed 23 soldiers, and Sanaa responds with its own Houthi deaths claim.

     

    The fighters said on their website that they killed another eight soldiers in clashes on Friday in Saada town.

    A military source confirmed that the Houthis had launched an offensive against the town from the suburbs, but said it had been repulsed and that several attackers had been killed.

    The Houthis also attacked the home of Othman Mujalli, a leading trial chief in Saada province who is a member of the Yemeni parliament and recently rallied to the government's defence, provincial officials said.

    In depth

      Profile: Yemen's Houthi fighters
      Inside story: Yemen's future
      Riz Khan: Yemen, a failed state?
      Video: Yemen's tough al-Qaeda challenge
      In depth: Yemen's future

    Mortar fire killed Mujalli's son, Hamid, and four other civilians, they said.

    The clashes came as truce offers between the two sides faltered over continued military action by Saudi government forces which intervened in the fighting late last year.

    In another related development, the brother of the Houthis' leader was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in jail on Saturday.

    Yahya al-Houthi, a parliamentarian who has been based in Germany since leaving Yemen three years ago, is the brother of Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the military leader of the Houthis.

    At the end of a trial which began in October, Yahya al-Houthi was convicted of supporting the armed campaign.

    The conflict with the northern Houthis, who complain of social, religious and economic discrimination, started in 2004, but intensified last year.

    Yemen also faces a secessionist movement in the south and a resurgent al-Qaeda.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.