Yemen ceasefire breached as violence flares anew

File photo of a view of the city and the mountains in Sana'a, Yemen. (Brent Stirton, Getty Images)
File photo of a view of the city and the mountains in Sana'a, Yemen. (Brent Stirton, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/27 4:13 pm

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni Defense Ministry official says fierce clashes have erupted in a northern city close to the capital between rebels and tribes backed by an army unit, breaching a week-old ceasefire.

The official says that heavy weapons and artillery were being used in the fighting in the northern city of Arman on Friday. Hawthi rebels, who belong to a branch of Shiite Islam are fighting tribesmen from Yemen's largest tribal confederation, the Hashid, which is backed by an army unit.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The number of casualties was not immediately clear but over the past months, hundreds have been killed and injured in similar clashes that spilled to northern cities.

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