Clashes between al-Qaeda, Houthi fighters kill scores

Several al-Qaeda-backed militants have been killed during clashes with Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters in the strategic Yemeni province of al-Bayda, witnesses say.

Deadly clashes erupted between al-Qaeda-linked militants and Ansarullah fighters in the central city of Rada’a on Tuesday, eyewitnesses reported.

Ansarullah fighters have been trying to drive out the militants in order to secure various areas under their control in the region.

The clashes mark the latest in a series of violent confrontations between Houthi fighters and al-Qaeda-backed militants in the country.

At least 60 people, including women and children, were killed in similar violence days earlier.

The fighting erupted after Houthis restored security in the capital Sana’a and the port city of Hodeidah.

In September, Ansarullah revolutionary fighters gained control over the capital Sana’a following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Ansarullah fighters control the cities of Sana’a, Ibb, Dhamar and the major port city of Hodeidah. They also secured their presence in Tawwal border crossing and Wagha region in Hajjah Province on October 18.

The Ansarullah movement played a major role in the popular uprising that forced Saleh to step down after more than 33 years in power.

Yemen has been facing threats from al-Qaeda-linked militants, as well as a separatist movement in the country’s southern region.

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