World Bulletin / News Desk
Yemen's resigned President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi is in "critical" health condition, former Information Minister Nadia al-Saqqaf said Monday.
"The Houthis refuse to lift the siege on Hadi until they reach a political agreement with the parties – even if he dies due to his critical health condition," al-Saqqaf wrote on Twitter.
Hadi has remained under house arrest by Yemen's Shiite Houthi group since his resignation last month.
Earlier Monday, UN envoy Jamal Benomar said that Hadi's residence was besieged by armed Houthi fighters. He gave no word, however, about the state of the resigned leader's health.
Hadi and his government resigned last month after the Houthi group seized control of Sanaa's presidential compound following clashes with army troops.
Houthis ask Gulf States to reconsider positions
Meanwhile, Yemen's Shiite Houthi group on Monday called on Gulf States to modify their positions so as to bring them into line with what they described as the "will of the Yemeni people."
The Houthis' Revolutionary Committee – the group's decision-making body – said in a statement that it had been surprised by what it described as the Gulf States' "negative" positions vis-à-vis recent political developments in Yemen.
"The decisions taken by the revolution do not aim to cause trouble to our brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), either at present or in future," the council said in a statement quoted by Yemen's official news agency, which is currently under the Houthi control.
The group called on the UN Security Council to respect the "will" of the Yemeni people and the country's sovereignty.
The Security Council, it said, should not blindly follow a regional power that aimed to suppress the will of the Yemeni people.
Last week, the six-nation GCC called on the UN Security Council to consider international military intervention in Yemen.
The Houthis upped the political ante last September, when they took control of capital Sanaa before moving on to consolidate control over other parts of the country.
Late last month, the Houthis captured Sanaa's presidential palace, forcing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and his government to resign.
Earlier this month, the Houthi leadership issued a "constitutional declaration" dissolving parliament and establishing a transitional "national council" in its place.
Yemen has remained in turmoil since a popular uprising in 2011 forced longstanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down one year later.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Şubat 2015, 11:24