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15 killed in fresh clashes in Yemen’s Amran

Fifteen people, including four soldiers, were killed in fresh clashes between the Yemeni army and Shiite Houthi militants in the northern province of Amran, a security source said Saturday.

According to the source, 11 Houthi militants were killed in the clashes that started late Friday and flared up early Saturday.

The violence broke out as Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has asked a new mediation team to broker a suspension of clashes between the two sides, tribal sources said Friday.

Amran remains the site of sporadic clashes between the Yemeni army and Houthi militants, who also frequently clash with local tribesmen.

The Shiite Houthi movement first appeared in 1992, taking Yemen’s northern Saada province as its main base of operations.

Several rounds of subsequent fighting between the militant group and the Yemeni army have left thousands dead on both sides.