Houthi militants deploy in 2 Yemen provinces

Houthi gunmen made their presence felt on the main roads of cities and in the vicinity of several government offices and security sites.

Houthi militants deploy in 2 Yemen provinces

World Bulletin/News Desk

Militants loyal to Yemen's Shiite Houthi group in have deployed in two provinces amid concerns that the group is trying to tighten its grip on the country after seizing control of capital Sanaa last month.

A security source told Anadolu Agency that Houthi militants had been heavily deployed in Al-Hudaydah city, capital of the western province of the same name.

Houthi gunmen made their presence felt on the main roads of the city and in the vicinity of several government offices and security sites.

The source warned that the deployment could be a prelude to a "handover" of the city to Houthi militants by the security apparatuses and army, which, he said, had done nothing to confront the militants.

Elsewhere, eyewitnesses told AA that Houthi militants had erected six checkpoints in Dhamar, capital of the northern province of the same name.

One of the checkpoints, they said, had been installed near the provincial headquarters, while another had been set up near the local university. Four others were installed on the city's main streets.

The Houthis have been in control of government institutions in the capital, including the Defense Ministry, since September 21, following days of mass protests against the government of Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa.

The latter stepped down earlier this month as part of a deal signed by the presidency and the Houthi leadership aimed at ending the lingering political crisis.

On Monday, President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi tasked Khaled Bahah, Yemen's envoy to the U.N., to form a new government after the country's political forces agreed on the diplomat's appointment to the premiership.

The nomination was endorsed by the Houthi leadership as well.

The Shia Houthi movement first appeared in 1992, taking Yemen's northern Saada province as its main base of operations.

Several rounds of subsequent fighting between the group and the army have left thousands dead on both sides.

Yemen has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced long-serving leader Ali Abullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

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