At least 35 people have died over the past three days in clashes between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribal militias in Yemen's northwestern Al Jawf province near this capital, government officials and insurgents both reported on Sunday.

Al Jawf Gov. Mohammed al Sharif told the local Al Saida television channel that about 30 combatants from the two groups died in fighting last Thursday and Friday.

The clashes in Al Jawf have halted for the moment after mediation by a committee of tribal elders sent to the area by Yemeni President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi.

Meanwhile, in the Hamedan region north of the capital, three Shiite rebels and two members of the Sunni clans died on Saturday night in similar fighting, the insurgents - known as Houthis - revealed.

The fighting between Shiites and Sunnis began last November in the southern province of Saada, which has been controlled by the Houthis since 2010 although little by little they have been extending their activities into other parts of the country.

In the Al Jawf region, located near the border with Saudi Arabia, the Houthis are facing off mainly against the followers of the Party of Islamic Reform, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Feb. 9, Shiite rebels signed a cease fire with Sunni tribal militias in the Arhab zone near Sana.

Yemen is allied with the United States and the strategically-located country on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula has been struggling to stabilize itself despite being one of the world's most active Al Qaeda havens. EFE