Four wounded in clashes in Yemen’s Sanaa

Houthi Shiite Yemeni hold their weapons during clashes in near the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (Reuters)

Four people were wounded on Saturday in clashes between protestors and Houthi supporters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, the Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Thousands rallied in Sanaa in what Agence France-Presse reported to be the largest demonstration against Houthis since the Shiite militiamen overran the capital in September.

“Down, down with the Huthis’ rule,” protestors chanted who rallied following a call by the Rejection Movement, a group recently formed in provincial areas to challenge the powerful militia.

Dozens of Houthi supporters tried to stop the demonstration, triggering a brief scuffle, before they left, as the numbers of protesters kept increasing, an AFP correspondent reported.

Demonstrators gathered in Change Square near the University of Sanaa before they headed for Republican Palace, in central Sanaa, according to organizers.

The palace is the residence of Prime Minister Khalid Bahah, who left it on Wednesday for an unknown destination after a two-day siege by the militia.

But the protesters changed their route and headed toward the residence of embattled President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi to express their “rejection of his resignation,” according to the organizing committee.

The demonstrators were also demanding that Hadi “impose the authority of the state” in face of the tightening grip of Houthis on power, the organizing committee said.

Hadi tendered his resignation Thursday saying he could no longer stay in office as the country was in “total deadlock.”

Demonstrations also took off in the cities of Taez, Ibb and Hudaida, organizers said.

[With AFP]
 

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