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    35 killed in Yemen clashes ... SANAA, July 5: Thirty-five followers of an extremist Yemeni preacher holed up in a mountainous northern region have been killed
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 7, 2004
      35 killed in Yemen clashes
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      SANAA, July 5: Thirty-five followers of an extremist Yemeni preacher
      holed up in a mountainous northern region have been killed and 60
      wounded in fierce clashes with the army since late Sunday, military
      sources said on Monday.

      At least 166 people were killed in the fighting between supporters of
      Hussein Badr Eddin al-Huthi and government forces which erupted on
      June 18 in Saada province, near the Saudi border.

      The fatalities include 41 soldiers. That number is expected to rise
      following the latest bout of fighting, according to the military
      sources at the scene. Clashes were still raging on Monday in Maran,
      where the noose was tightening around Mr Huthi and his supporters,
      said the sources, reached by telephone from Sanaa.

      Army troops seized three outposts in Jaria, Harban and Malhat,
      isolating the insurgents in Jumeima in Maran's rugged mountains, the
      sources said. "The troops are one kilometre from Jumeima," one source
      said.

      Mr Huthi, a member of the Zaidi community, is wanted by the
      authorities for allegedly seeking to foment sectarian strife. The
      Zaidis are a moderate Shiia Muslim sect dominant in north-western
      Yemen but in the minority in the mainly Sunni country.

      Army and police forces deployed reinforcements around the stronghold
      of the self-styled "Emir al-Mumineen", or Prince of Believers, after
      the failure on June 28 of a mediation bid by authorities aimed at
      securing his surrender. In remarks published on Sunday, President Ali
      Abdullah Saleh called on Mr Huthi to turn himself in, promising him a
      fair trial. -AFP

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top17.htm&date=20040706

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