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Yemen’s Shia Houthis liberates another key district from al Qaeda

Yemeni Shi’ite Muslim Houthi’s Ansarullah Movement backed by government forces drove the local wing of al Qaeda from one of its last strongholds in central Yemen on Friday in intense fighting that killed at least 35 people, tribal sources said.

The Ansarullah movement has become the main political force in Yemen since its control over Sanaa in September and then pushing south and west into the al-Bayda province, where Ansar al-Sharia has allied itself with local tribes.

Enemies of Yemen’s peace and reconciliatory politics told the Reuters that 0the Houthis had met stiff resistance as they pushed towards the village of Khobza district using Katuysha rockets and heavy artillery.

They said at least 25 Houthis were martyred and 10 Al-Qaeda (Ansar al-Sharia) and tribal fighters had died in the fighting, which began on Thursday afternoon. Ansar al-Sharia and its allies withdrew to Yakla district, on the border with Maarib province.

The fighting has given Yemen’s strife has exposed the allies of al-Qaeda in Yemen because some tribes have lined up with Ansar al-Sharia, the local affiliate of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which have takfiri ideology about other Muslims.

Last month, an al Qaeda suicide bomber killed at least 47 people, mostly members of the Shia Houthi group, as they prepared to stage a rally in Sanaa.

Yemeni Shi’ite Muslim Houthi’s Ansarullah Movement backed by government forces drove the local wing of al Qaeda from one of its last strongholds in central Yemen on Friday in intense fighting that killed at least 35 people, tribal sources said.

The Ansarullah movement has become the main political force in Yemen since its control over Sanaa in September and then pushing south and west into the al-Bayda province, where Ansar al-Sharia has allied itself with local tribes.

Enemies of Yemen’s peace and reconciliatory politics told the Reuters that 0the Houthis had met stiff resistance as they pushed towards the village of Khobza district using Katuysha rockets and heavy artillery.

They said at least 25 Houthis were martyred and 10 Al-Qaeda (Ansar al-Sharia) and tribal fighters had died in the fighting, which began on Thursday afternoon. Ansar al-Sharia and its allies withdrew to Yakla district, on the border with Maarib province.

The fighting has given Yemen’s strife has exposed the allies of al-Qaeda in Yemen because some tribes have lined up with Ansar al-Sharia, the local affiliate of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which have takfiri ideology about other Muslims.

Last month, an al Qaeda suicide bomber killed at least 47 people, mostly members of the Shia Houthi group, as they prepared to stage a rally in Sanaa.

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