The fighting was for control of government offices in Hizm, the capital of the Jawf province, Middle East Online reported.
"The army and al-Islah lost eight men while the Shiite rebels lost twice that number and there have been dozens of wounded on both sides," a tribal source said.
Earlier in the month, Yemeni President And Rabbuh Mansur Hadi agreed to a plan to turn the country into a six-region federation to alleviate unrest. The rebels want to control Hizm so all of Jawf province would be included in the same Azal region under the new plan.
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