Clashes erupted in central Yemen on Thursday, with local tribesmen saying they were pushing back fighters from the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi clan who were trying to capture an army base in Marib province.

Marib, which is home to a significant portion of Yemen’s oil fields and other energy infrastructure, has been a flashpoint in recent months as the Houthis expanded their influence across the country, taking the capital Sanaa and becoming de facto national powerbrokers.

“The Houthis came with many fighters with the aim of storming the base of the 7th Brigade and tribesmen are fighting them back,” one tribal leader told Reuters. […]