Supporters of the Shiite rebel al-Houthi group, also known as Ansarullah, lead the weekly Friday prayers near the coffins of two fellow Shiites during an anti-government protest in Sanaa December 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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Fresh clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen backed by Sunni Islamists erupted near the Yemeni capital on Friday, the rebel Ansarullah group said, a day after a government mediator resigned.A tribal source also said tensions were high in Arhab district, particularly as government mediator Abdulqader Hilal announced his resignation via Facebook on Thursday night.Abdessalam rejected the charge, saying the mediator should resume his mission after talking to the rebels, who are also known as Huthis.Last week, the rebels seized areas in the northern province of Omran, leaving more than 150 people dead and overrunning the home base of the Al-Ahmar clan which heads the Hashid confederation.
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