World Bulletin/News Desk
Shiite Houthi militants on Saturday allegedly abducted a Yemeni activist in capital Sanaa after his participation in a rally to call for the expulsion of militants from the city, eyewitnesses said.
Activist Shadi Khasrouf was kidnapped by Houthi militants near a military zone in Sanaa and transferred to an undisclosed location, an eyewitness told The Anadolu Agency.
"The militants assaulted several protestors and fired shots into the air," the witness said.
Houthi leaders could not be immediately reached for comment.
Earlier Saturday, dozens of Yemenis staged a demonstration in central Sanaa to demand the expulsion of Houthi militants from the capital Sanaa and other Yemeni provinces.
Since they took control of capital Sanaa in late September, the Houthis have sought to expand their influence to other parts of the country.
The Houthis' growing strength in fractious Yemen has raised fears of sectarian conflict in the poor Arab nation, which has remained in turmoil since a 2011 popular uprising ended the decades-long rule of president Ali Abdullah Saleh one year later.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Aralık 2014, 12:29