Houthis celebrate after takeover of Sanaa

Shi'ite Houthi supporters release fireworks as they celebrate Sunday's signing of a power-sharing deal in Sanaa September 22, 2014. (Reuters)

Supporters of Houthi rebels held celebrations on Monday over the fall of the Yemeni capital to the Shiite group, in a provocative move just a day after the signing of a power sharing deal to end the crisis in the country.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent in Yemen reported earlier Monday that Houthis are “occupying” the residence of Yemeni Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.

Ahmar leads the army's elite 1st Armored Division.

The rebels said they are “preparing for its [the residence’s] detonation,” the correspondent added.

The incident comes a day after Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi signed a deal with Houthi rebels to end the crisis in the Arab country.

The deal, which stipulates that the present government resign and a new one replace it, was signed in the presence of United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, who said the president would appoint Houthi political advisers as part of the pact.

Violence in Yemen peaked Sunday after Houthi rebels seized control of strategic posts, including the government headquarters.

The rebels returned control of the complex to military police, Yemen’s state news agency said, minutes after the announcement of the agreement, which Hadi described as "historic."

Yemeni officials estimate that more than 100 people have died in the fighting, which has largely been concentrated in northern Sanaa.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43