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Houthis force Yemen villagers to evacuate, top leader dismisses UN mission head

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Yemeni villagers were forced to flee their homes in the Hajjah province Saturday by the Houthi militias, a day after 15 civilians were killed and wounded by artillery shelling in the district of Hiran.

According to a Yemeni military source, the Houthis threatened to bomb the Shalila Village located in the Haradh disctrict if the residents refused to evacuate, with the purpose of controlling it before the legitimate forces arrive.

One of the media centers of the Yemeni army said that the commander of the Special Forces brigade stationed in Haradh, Brigadier General Muhammad al-Hajuri, ordered that the forcibly evacuated residents be transported to safe areas by military personnel, who also provided them with the necessary supplies and temporary shelters.

On Friday, the Houthis had bombed a residential area in the district of Hiran, adjacent to Haradh, killing 15 civilians, and wounding others, mostly women and children, while dozens of livestock died and two cars were destroyed.

Dismissing Cammaert

Meanwhile, a leading figure in the Houthi militias' ranks and one of the most wanted by the Arab Coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen, Hassan Zaid, called for the expulsion of Dutch General Patrick Cammaert from Hodeidah and its ports.

Zaid took to Facebook to state that Cammaert is trying to hand over the city and its ports to the coalition.

While observers believe it is an attempt by the Houthis to cover up its leaders’ theft of international food aid, the Houthis accused in a statement the United Nations of inaction and dormancy regarding the Yemeni people’s economic state.

Meanwhile, the Houthis have been accused of blocking the payment of government employees' salaries for the past 28 months. The World Food Programme had also said its monitors had gathered photographic and other evidence of trucks illicitly removing food from designated food distribution centers and local officials falsifying records and manipulating the selection of beneficiaries.