120 die in clash between Yemen rebels, govt forces

  • Reuters, Sanaa (Yemen)
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  • Updated: Jun 03, 2014 13:56 IST

Army soldiers stand near burning tires by Yemenis demanding more compensation for their losses during fights against al-Qaeda militants in Abyan province, Yemen, on Tuesday. Reports state dozens of Yemenis took to the streets in Abyan, south Yemen, in protest the government's refusal to compensate them for their homes and properties which had been destroyed during fights between the Yemeni army and al-Qaeda militants. (EPA Photo)

At least 120 people were killed in northern Yemen on Monday in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels and government forces, a Yemeni official said on Tuesday.

Yemeni planes shelled positions held by Houthi fighters in Omran province and army forces clashed with the rebels, killing around 100 of them, Ahmed al-Bekry, deputy governor said.

Twenty government soldiers were also killed in the fighting, he said.


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