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Houthis storm health ministry in Sanaa, threaten Saleh loyalist minister

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The Health Minister of the coup government in Sanaa, Mohammed Salem bin Hafeez, has accused Houthi gunmen of storming his office in the Yemeni capital and issuing a decision appointing one of their leaders instead.

The dramatic developments were revealed in a statement by the minister loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday, that armed groups accompanied by the Undersecretary of the Minister, Abdul Salam al-Madani, a Houthi leader, and Nashwan Al-Atab, another Houthi leader, broke into his office.

Hafeez also revealed in a statement to a news agency, that the gunmen broke up a medical meeting he was holding with the directors of the offices of the Ministry of Health.

He said that “the meeting was canceled and a pistol was pointed to my face.”

In addition, sources in the Ministry of Health confirmed that there have recently been differences between those loyal to Saleh and Houthi militias.