2 killed in clashes in Yemen's Ibb

SANAA (AA) – Two people were killed on Sunday during clashes between armed tribesmen from the central Yemeni province of Ibb and militants from the Shiite Houthi group, a security source has said.

The source, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency that clashes erupted between Al-Hebeishi tribe from the central province and Houthi militants after the kidnap by the latter of an activist from the tribe.

"One of the dead victims belonged to the family, while the other was a Houthi," the source said.

He added that tension continued to make itself felt in the area, even after the clashes came to an end.

The Houthis emerged as a formidable political and military force in Yemen after assuming control of capital Sanaa in September of 2014 before moving on to establish control over other parts of the country.

Earlier this month, the Shiite militant group issued what they described as a constitutional declaration dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council.

The declaration, however, was rejected by most of Yemen's political forces – along with neighboring countries – which described it as a coup against constitutional legitimacy.


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