Five people were killed in clashes between Shi’ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa early on Wednesday, medical sources said, in some of the worst violence in Yemen’s capital since it was seized by the Houthi movement in September.

Residents of al Hasba area of the capital said clashes erupted between Houthi fighters and members of the Sunni al-Ahmar clan early in the morning and continued for two hours.

Houthi sources told Reuters that some Ahmar followers had refused to stop at a checkpoint, igniting the clashes.

The Houthis have become the main political force in Western-allied¬†Yemen¬†since capturing the capital in late September. […]