Houthis disperse protest in Yemen

The protest was held in the city of Ibb, with an unknown number of casualties reported.

Houthis disperse protest in Yemen

World Bulletin / News Desk

Shiite Houthi militants dispersed a rally in Yemen's central Ibb city on Saturday amid reports of casualties.

"A number of protesters were injured when Houthis opened fire to break up the protest," an eyewitness told The Anadolu Agency.

A number of protesters were reportedly abducted by Houthis, according to the witnesses.

The protesters had gathered to denounce what they describe as the Houthi "coup" in Yemen and to demand the release of detainees held by Houthis.

Yemen has remained in a state of chaos since last September, when the Houthis took over capital Sanaa, from which they have sought to extend their control to other parts of the country.

In February, the Houthis issued "a constitutional declaration" dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council.

The declaration, however, was rejected by most of Yemen's political forces – along with some neighboring Gulf countries – which described it as a "coup against constitutional legitimacy."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Mart 2015, 11:10