19 April 2015

Local vigilantes, Houthis clash in Yemen’s Abyan

yemen_bayrakClashes erupted between local vigilantes and soldiers loyal to the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen’s southern Abyan province on Saturday amid reports of casualties.

According to locals, trucks were seen moving the bodies of dead and injured soldiers in Zanjabar city.

Casualties were also reported among the vigilantes.

Yemen has remained in a state of turmoil since 2012.

Almost one month ago, Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states began an air campaign against Houthi positions across Yemen.

Saudi Arabia says the strikes come in response to appeals by embattled President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for help against the Houthis, who overran capital Sanaa late last year and have since advanced on other provinces.

The Houthis, for their part, denounce the offensive as an unwarranted “Saudi-American onslaught” on Yemen.

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