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8 killed in clashes between tribal gunmen in Yemen


Aden (Yemen), May 20 (IANS) A government official said that eight people were killed and at least 15 others were wounded in clashes between armed tribesmen in the oil-rich northeastern governorate of Marib.

On Friday, a local government official, who requested anonymity, said that violent clashes broke out on Thursday night and continued until Friday morning between gunmen from the Al-Munif and Al-Faheh tribes in the Al-Wadi area of ​​Marib.

The source said the clashes were caused by a dispute over land ownership between the two tribes, adding that the ceasefire came into effect on Friday evening, Xinhua reported.

Despite the ceasefire, tensions remain high as both sides have deployed heavily armed reinforcements to various areas of Marib, according to the official.

Marib Governorate, which includes the most important oil and gas fields in Yemen, is under the control of the internationally recognized Yemeni government. In recent years, the province has been mired in intense conflicts between government forces and the Houthi rebels.

Yemen’s civil war broke out in late 2014 when the Houthi group took control of much of the country’s north and forced the internationally recognized government out of the capital, Sanaa.

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