SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The spokesman for Yemen's Shiite rebels battling their conservative Sunni rivals from one of the country's largest tribes says the rebels have pulled out of a northern city they captured earlier this month.
Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the Hawthi rebel spokesman, said on Friday that the rebels handed over Amran to government troops. The city is kilometers (45 miles) from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
Hawthis' handover of Amran to the central government was also a loss to the powerful Hashid tribal confederation, which once controlled the city.
Yemen, the poorest Arab nation, is facing multiple challenges.
In addition to the presence of the world's most dangerous al-Qaida offshoot in much of its lawless hinterland and several cities, Yemen faces a secessionist movement in the south and the Hawthi rebellion in the north.