Houthi militias prevent Saleh loyalists from leaving Yemen capital

Supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh attend a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Conference Party, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (AP)

Houthi militias issued a circular to all its security posts and checkpoints in Sanaa and its major entrances stipulating that members of parliament, commanders in the General People’s Congress and figures close to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh cannot leave the capital.

Security sources close to the Houthis said that in addition to these orders the Houthis ordered more military patrols and set several security check points in Sanaa’s neighborhoods as well as on the southern side of the capital and near Saleh’s house in Al-Komaem area in Hedda Street.

According to eyewitnesses, armed Houthi members were stationed in front of the General People’s Congress headquarters in Hedda and in its buildings near Saleh’s home. Armored vehicles and dozens of armed Houthi fighters were also stationed around the Charter Institute building which is affiliated with the General People’s Congress.

In the past hours, Houthis arrested dozens of Saleh loyalists and General People’s Congress activists.

Medical sources said that following their clashes with Saleh loyalists, Houthi militiamen stormed two hospitals near Al Sabeen Square and detained some wounded men affiliated with the Republican Guards who is loyal to Saleh.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50