Armed tribesmen killed three Yemeni soldiers loyal to Shiite Houthi militant group in the southern Shabwah province, a tribal source said Wednesday.
SANAA – The tribesmen attacked a pro-Houthi army patrol in Bayhan district in Shabwah, killing three troops, the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
The tribesmen retreated after the attack without casualties in their ranks, the source said.
The Houthis have fought Sunni tribes and the allied Al-Qaeda militant group since last September, when they took over capital Sanaa, from which they have sought to extend their control to other provinces, including Al-Baydaa.
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies, meanwhile, have been striking Houthi positions across Yemen by air since March 25.
Saudi Arabia said its anti-Houthi campaign was in response to appeals by embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to “save the people [of Yemen] from the Houthi militias.”
Some Gulf countries accuse Shiite Iran of supporting Yemen’s Houthi insurgency.