Houthi Rebels Kill 24 People in N. Yemen
    2011-11-27 18:47:33     Xinhua       Web Editor: Yihang

At least 24 people were killed in north Yemen overnight when Shiite Houthi rebels shelled sites held by Sunni Islamist Salafi sect in a fresh sectarian conflict that hit the unrest-torn country, a provincial security official said Sunday.

"The shelling targeted a Sunni-run Islamic school and its neighboring areas in the town of Damaj in northern Houthi-held restive province of Saada, killing 24 people, including three foreign students, two Indonesians and one American national," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"The conflict is triggered by sectarian disputes, as Sunni sect is seeking to confront the continuing attacks to defend itself," the official said, adding that tribal chieftains were pushing efforts to force a truce.

Since protest movement erupted in Yemen in late January to call for an end to the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Houthi rebels are working out to expand their control over the northern provinces of Saada, Amran and Hajja.

Opposition media accused Houthi rebels of allying with Saleh's regime to put down the 10-month-old protests.

An interior ministry official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that "opposition tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar have hired hundreds of armed Houthi-led Shiite rebels and brought them to the capital Sanaa."

On Aug. 26, 2010, the Yemeni government and the Shiite group signed an agreement in Doha to cement a fragile cease-fire in north Yemen to end the sporadic battles since 2004, but the rebels ' clashes with local tribesmen and Sunni supporters are still rocking the region.

Elsewhere in the southern province of Taiz, witnesses said that government troops earlier Sunday shelled the downtown city, where tens of thousands of protesters have been camping out for months to press demands for prosecuting Saleh "for criminals against them. "

An official medic at the protesters' camp told Xinhua that "the shelling killed two protesters and injured four others." President Saleh arrived in Sanaa Saturday evening after a three-day visit in Saudi Arabia, where he signed a Gulf-brokered deal to transfer power, according to the state Saba news agency.

Saleh's return was announced hours after Yemeni Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued a decree, declaring Feb. 21, 2012 as the date for the early presidential elections in line with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative Saleh signed Wednesday.

The GCC deal aimed to meet the Yemenis' aspirations and end 10 months of turmoil that almost brought the impoverished Arab state to the verge of civil war and economic collapse.

Share

                  


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

 
Listen
 
 

 
 
Highlights
CHINATALKS
Video
• C4: Bad Boys
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
• C4: World Cup Fever
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
In Depth

News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
APEC Yiwu Conference  |  China-Eurasia Expo  |  eBeijing  |  China Job  |  China Tibet Online  |  China Daily  |  Global Times  |  Xinhua  |  China.org.cn  |  CNTV.cn