Clashes erupt between Houthis and Saleh loyalists in Sanaa

Sources told Al Arabiya that clashes took place in Sanaa between the Houthi militias and the ousted Saleh forces. (AFP)

Sources told Al Arabiya that clashes took place in Sanaa between the Houthi militias and the ousted Saleh forces, and confirmed that seven people were killed and several were injured.

During the past week, the scene of conflict between the two parties of the coup reoccurred, and the military conflict developed between them. Houthi militias challenged the gathering of its main coup partner - the ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh - in the Seventy Square in the center of the capital Sana’a by showing off its military force on Thursday evening, in the same square where the Popular Congress Party activities took place few hours after the ousted crowds left.

The Yemeni news agency under the control of the Houthis in Sanaa admitted the killing of two people from the so-called “People’s Committees” in the area of Hadda. This was attributed to an attack on a security checkpoint in the Mosbahi tour in Sanaa.

A security source said forces of the capital’s secretariat and central security intervened and exchange of fire was halted and the situation calmed down.

However, confirmed statistics indicate the killing of five Houthi militants and the falling of a number of wounded in an initial outcome.

Al Arabiya reported that Colonel Khaled Ahmad Zeid al-Razi, the director of the office of the deposed president’s son Ahmed, was killed during the clashes.

In a separate context, the Yemeni army announced yesterday, the death of two leaders of the Houthi militias among amid clashes in “Al-Jawf” governorate in the north.

The army said that the Houthi leader, Musleh Sarhan, and the Houthi cultural supervisor in the Marashy Directorate, Mohammed Dehan, were killed in battles in Ham area west of the Jawf.

He also reported that there are number of militias’ dead bodies in the field of the clashes, after their groups escaped from the sites.

Earlier, a Yemeni military spokesman announced the death of seven Houthis during battles in the Ham mountain area in the Mtoon directorate.

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