Members of a Shi'ite rebel group attacked students enrolled in a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim religious school Monday, killing a Frenchman and a Briton and wounding several others, according to Yemeni provincial officials.
But tribesmen said the students were fighting alongside government forces and tribal volunteers against "the Young Faithful Believers." The Shi'ite Muslim group is led by Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi.
The tribesmen reported clashes Monday in al-Khanajer Mountains, which is several kilometers (miles) north of Saada, where the students' Dammaj School is located. The tribesmen spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.