Gulf states say will not let Yemen become terrorism hub

Gulf Arab states also condemned “violence” by Houthi rebels

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Gulf Arab states said on Wednesday that they would not allow Yemen to transform into a center for regional terrorism organizations, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

In a statement issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Arab states also condemned “the actions taken by Houthi rebels to dissolve the parliament and the takeover of government institutions in Yemen.”

The Arab Gulf bloc expressed its “rejection of the various acts of violence, for achieving political goals, intimidating the Yemeni people, suppressing their freedoms, and violating their rights.”

On Tuesday Houthi militiamen who control the Yemeni capital attacked the house of a senior army commander, killing one guard and detaining two more, an army source said.

General Mohammed Rajah Laboudha was not home at the time.

The source said the Shiite militiamen were “responding to a gun attack on Sunday on the convoy of the Huthi military commander, Abu Ali al-Hakam.”

General Laboudha heads the Fifth Military Region, which covers the strategic Red Sea province of Hudeida, which has been partly held by the Huthis since they seized power in Sanaa on February 6.

Tuesday’s attack came the day after the Huthis fired air force commander General Rashid al-Jund and one of his deputies, General Abdellatif al-Zuhairi, replacing them with officers close to Sanaa’s new masters.

The sacking of the senior officers was announced by a Huthi security body that said the two officers would also face questioning for refusing to comply with orders from the militia.

[With Reuters]

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