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Navy officers free colleague, police station in Yemen’s Hodeidah from Houthi grip

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Officers at the naval university in Hodeidah in western Yemen refused to carry out the orders of a Houthi supervisor on Tuesday in solidarity with their colleague who was assaulted and arrested by the militia.

According to the Yemeni al-Khabar agency, a security source revealed that the navy officers refused to carry out the orders until the militia released their colleague who was arrested and assaulted on Monday at the al-Razaki police station by the Houthis.

The source added that the militia refused to release him, and proceeded to close off the police station refusing to hand over weapons that they stole from there.

The source said that the militia spread out around the police station and in neighboring areas in Hodeidah.

The navy officers were able to surround the station and the Houthis around it on Monday evening following fierce clashes with the militia. The officers were able to free their colleague and retrieve the stolen weapons.

The Houthis are facing increasing public discontent in areas under their control due to assaults and crimes committed towards civilians. The Yemeni army has been approaching Hodeidah and launching military operations to liberate it which is encouraging the public to stand up against the Houthis according to observers.