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30 killed in Yemen clashes

At least 30 people have been killed in clashes with northern rebels in Yemen over the last two days, the Islamic Salafi movement has said.

It marks an escalation of fighting in the country's volatile north.

Serour al-Wadie, a spokesman for the Salafi movement, said today that Hawthi rebels have been shelling their district in Damaj, in Saada province.

He said the rebels started the attack because they say Salafis are harbouring foreign jihadi fighters, and that his forces responded with gunfire.

Salafis are accused of trying to spread their school of thought in a stronghold of Hawthi, who belong to the Zaydi sect, a Shiite branch. They have been fighting the government of Yemen's ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh for years.


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