Sana’a: At least 29 people were killed in tribal and sectarian clashes in Yemen in the past 24 hours, police officials said.

Clashes between two powerful tribes over a land dispute broke out, killing 17 people and injuring 40 others, local police officials in Marib told Xinhua by phone.

The fighting between Al-Abu Tahif tribe in the central province of Marib and Bal-Harith tribe in the southeastern province of Shabwa began Tuesday and intensified overnight as the two sides refused to give up their control of land in the desert on the shared borders between them, police officials said.

In the capital Sana’a, businessman Mohammed al-Habbari, who supported the Shia Houthi rebels, and eight of his bodyguards were killed Tuesday night in Hassaba neighbourhood over sectarian conflicts in the Sunni-dominated Arhab district, about 40 km northeast of Sana’a, police said.