Shi'ite rebels attack north Yemen town held by Salafi rivals

November 1, 2013 16:18


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SANAA - Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels backed by tanks launched a fresh attack on Friday on a town in north Yemen held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, a Salafi spokesman said, bringing the total death toll in three days of sectarian clashes to 40.

The fighting erupted on Wednesday despite government mediation efforts to shore up a ceasefire in place since late last year in the mountainous Saada province, which has long been outside the control of the central Yemeni authorities.

Salafi spokesman Abu Ismail al-Hajouri told Reuters the casualties were all Salafis and that at least 200 more people had been wounded during the Houthi offensive against the town of Damaj..

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