World Bulletin/News Desk
Hundreds demonstrated on Wednesday in Yemen's western city of Al-Hudaydah to demand the release of three activists allegedly abducted by Shiite Houthi militants one day earlier, eyewitnesses have said.
Protesters shouted slogans against the Shiite Houthi group, which, they allege, kidnapped local activists Tarek Sorour, Maher al-Salawi and Salem Bafaqih on Tuesday.
A number of protesters met with Al-Hudaydah Governor Sakhr al-Wajeeh to demand that authorities release the trio, according to eyewitnesses.
The Revolutionary Youth Council, which organized Wednesday's protests, has been holding rallies in recent weeks to demand that the Houthis withdraw militants who have recently seized strategic facilities along Al-Hudaydah's Rest Sea coast.
Since taking control of capital Sanaa in late September, the Houthis have sought to extend their influence farther afield. In Al-Hudaydah, the Shiite group has recently managed to seize a civilian airport, a military airport and a main seaport.
The Houthis have retained control of Sanaa since September 21, despite having signed an agreement with Yemen's presidency aimed at ending the country's ongoing political stalemate.
Yemen has been dogged by political turmoil since a popular uprising that erupted in 2011 toppled longstanding president Ali Abdullah Saleh one year later.
Some Arab capitals accuse Shiite Iran of backing Yemen's ongoing Houthi insurgency.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Kasım 2014, 15:32