Clashes in northwest Yemen leave 30 dead, dozens injured: governor
Published on Mar 9, 2014 4:16 PM
SANAA (REUTERS) - At least 30 people were killed over two days of clashes between Shi'ite Muslim insurgents and Sunni Salafi tribesmen in Yemen's northwestern al-Jawf province, the provincial governor said, as chaos reigns two years after mass protests ousted the country's leader.
Shi'ite Houthi fighters are trying to strengthen their hold on the north - just one of the challenges facing an interim government also battling southern separatists, al Qaeda-linked militants and an economic crisis.
Strategically positioned next to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and to main shipping lanes, Yemen's security situation is being closely watched by Gulf Arab states and Washington.
"The Presidential Commission intervened to stop the fighting after heavy losses on both sides amounted to 30 people dead and dozens injured," al-Jawf governor Mohammed bin Aboud, told a local television channel in Yemen.
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