Sanaa: Clashes between Shia Houthi militiamen and Sunni tribesmen fighting alongside al-Qaeda militants killed 26 people in Yemen, as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined Saudi Arabia and Western countries in closing its embassy in the country.
Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Houthi movement in a rally. Pic/AP
Sixteen Houthi rebels along with 10 Sunni tribesmen and militants died in the al-Bayda attack. The state faces collapse in Yemen two weeks after the Houthi group took formal control of the country and continued an armed push southward.
The UAE cited “the deterioration of the political and security situation Yemen is witnessing and the tragic events after the Houthis undermined the legitimate authority.”