Tribesmen loyal to the Shi'ite Houthi group attend a tribal gathering to show support to the group in Amran province north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Six Shiite rebels and two soldiers were killed in a firefight near Sanaa on Thursday, as Huthis press on south towards the Yemeni capital, tribal and security sources said.Eight of the Huthi rebels, also known as Ansarullah (Partisans of God), were wounded in the clash in Qaratel, a mountainous area 20 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of Sanaa, the sources said. Tribal sources said rebels had withdrawn from a main road linking Sanaa, via Hamdan, to two neighbouring provinces, Omran and Mahwit, but maintained checkpoints in several villages across the region.In early February, the rebels seized parts of the northern province of Omran in clashes that left more than 150 people dead.
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