Shiite rebels expand territory in Yemeni capital

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Posted: Dec 13, 2014 2:02 PM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The spokesman of Yemen's Shiite rebels says the group has defeated rival tribesmen and taken control of a northern district of the capital, expanding its control of the city.

Mohammed Abdel-Salam, spokesman of Shiite rebels known as Houthis, said on Saturday that his forces took control of Arhab, a district of greater Sanaa. The group already controls most of the capital and several other cities.

Military and tribal officials say Houthis used tanks and artillery to shell houses and neighborhoods of rival tribes.

The officials say the fighting left dozens dead, including 12 tribesmen. Houthis usually refrain from announcing deaths among their ranks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The fighting in Arhab had intensified over the past 48 hours.