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7 troops among several dead as Yemen army, Shiites clash

Yemeni troops take part in an offensive against extremists in the southern province of Shabwa, on May 7, 2014Seven soldiers and several other people were killed Monday in clashes between the Yemeni army and Shiite Huthi rebels close to the capital, tribal and medical sources said. The clashes erupted after troops tried to expel rebels from a strategic position near Amran controling the road to Sanaa, local officials said. Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam, contacted by AFP, declined to give a death toll. In Sanaa, unknown gunmen opened fire on the home of Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa, without causing injury, a security source said.

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