SHAFAQNA – More than 30 Houthi rebels have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a gathering in Ibb city of central Yemen, while fighting in Radaa district has killed at least 34 others.Wednesday’s large explosion at the cultural centre also wounded the governor of Ibb province and dozens of other people, Al Jazeera has learned.
Medics at the scene warned that the death toll was likely to rise.
Houthis were gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Yemen’s powerful local al-Qaeda affiliate – AQAP – has targeted the rebels in the past.
Meanwhile, at least 34 people, including 25 Houthis, six tribesmen and three AQAP fighters, were killed on Tuesday and Wednesday morning in a battle in Khubza and Almanaseh villages in Radaa district of central Yemen.
Fighting broke out when Houthi rebels tried to take the villages from local tribesmen.
The Houthis seized large areas of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in September as part of a protracted power struggle with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Their critics view the Houthis as a proxy for Shia Iran that wants to dominate the country, charges the rebels deny.