15 killed in Yemen tribal feud over 'desert oil'

Arab World Materials 2 July 2014 12:26 (UTC +04:00)

Clashes between two Yemeni tribes over who owns a piece of land in the southeast believed to be rich in oil has left 15 people dead, tribal sources said Wednesday.

Several others were wounded in firefights that erupted Tuesday between Al-Butahif tribesmen from the eastern Marib province and the Belhareth from adjacent Shabwa province, the sources told AFP.

The two tribes are locked in a dispute over the ownership of a desert area between both provinces, and which they believe to be rich in oil.

Six Al-Butahif members and nine Belhareth were killed in the clashes during which both light and medium weapons were used, the sources said.

There are millions of firearms in the deeply tribal Arabian Peninsula country, with an estimated average of three weapons per person.