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Deadly Clashes Between Tribesmen, Houthis in Anas District

Deadly Clashes Between Tribesmen, Houthis in Anas District

Saturday, 20 January, 2018 - 13:15
Houthi militants ride on the back of a patrol truck as they attend a tribal gathering held to show support to the Houthi movement in Sana'a, Yemen. Reuters

Tribal gunmen clashed with Houthi militants on Friday in Anas district south of Dhamar province.

The militants tried to break into al-Hussein village to abduct one of Al-Omran tribe’s sheikhs, who has family ties with the late Yemeni president.

Tribal sources said that "tribesmen clashed with the Houthi militants for several hours and forced them to withdraw after both sides suffered deaths and injuries.”

They stressed that they will not allow their tribal leaders to be handed over to the militias.

In Sana’a, the security apparatus of the Houthi militias arrested Yahya al-Hindwana in al-Hasba district north of the capital because he rejected the group's orders to mobilize the neighborhood's people to join the group's recruitment camps.

As for the repressive actions carried out by the coup group against its opponents, its elements have kidnapped a staff member of the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) and took him to an unknown location.

Yemeni journalist Abdurrahman Bajash, a veteran journalist and former chief editor of Al-Thawra Newspaper, said in a post on Facebook that armed masked gunmen intercepted his son, Hisham, after leaving his workplace at the IOM and took him to an unknown location.

Bajash did not accuse any specific party but confirmed that he "does not know where his son is until now."

While activists and media figures blamed the Houthi militias in the context of the group's oppressing actions against its opponents.

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