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Yemen's Houthis Reject Government Move to Quell Protests

 

Reuters--September 02, 2014 4:19 PM--SANA'A

 

Yemen's president dismissed his government on Tuesday, proposed a national unity administration and suggested reinstating fuel subsidies, government sources said, in moves to quell weeks of unrest by a rebel movement. But the Houthis, a Shi'ite Muslim group that had massed tens of thousands of supporters in the capital Sana'a with camps set up near the Interior Ministry, rejected the compromise proposals by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

 

The impasse raises fears of worsening instability in Yemen, an impoverished Arabian Peninsula state bordering oil exporting power Saudi Arabia, and which is also struggling with a stubborn al-Qaida insurgency and southern secessionists. The Houthis, who are demanding that the government resign and subsidies be fully restored, have been fighting for years for more power for their Zaydi sect in north Yemen.

 

Government sources told Reuters that Hadi had dismissed his government, suggested a national unity administration and planned to reduce petrol and diesel prices by 30 percent to offset unpopular cuts to fuel subsidies, which had drained Yemeni coffers but buoyed impoverished citizens.

 

A government source said implementation of the initiative depended on the Houthis' acceptance. Mohammed Abdulsalam, a spokesman for Houthi leader Abdulmalek al-Houthi, said in a statement on his Facebook page, “We do not agree to it. Our position is still that we [stand] by the Yemeni people who have gone out in a blessed popular revolution to demand their legitimate and just rights.”

 

A member of the Houthis' political bureau, Abdel Malik al-Hijri, told Reuters “What was demanded was a cancelation of the fuel price rise, and the lowering which was announced today represents nothing.” With the Houthis' rejection, it is unclear what the government's next move will be. However, Hadi, in a speech before the meeting where the proposal was signed, suggested his patience was running out.

 

“I affirm that I will deal decisively with all attempts to shake security and carry out division,” he said in remarks on the state Saba news agency.

 

Insecurity and political turmoil have mounted in Yemen since Arab spring protests ousted veteran autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011 and Hadi took his place in a complex deal mediated by the United Nations, Gulf neighbors and the United States.

 

The United States and Saudi Arabia were alarmed by the rapid growth of al-Qaida in Yemen in the disorder created by the anti-Saleh uprising and are keen to avoid a spread into the majority Sunni Muslim state of sectarian bloodshed plaguing other regions of the Middle East. In a copy of Hadi's initiative seen by Reuters, the president plans a minimum wage rise and the allotment of ministerial posts to the Houthis and other constituencies while retaining the right to the weightiest portfolios of finance, foreign affairs, defense and the interior.

 

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Time for Houthis to take over Sanaa by military means? It seems that the puppet government and its terrorist tribal and Wahabi backers do not and will not stop killing, attacking and terrorizing Shias of Yemen! Houthis/Shias need to fight for their survivals by all means. They need all support and prayers... May they acheive their legal goals.

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 Yemen's Houthi rebels escalate Sanaa standoff

 

Houthis block main road to Sanaa's international airport, as fighting between rebels and army forces continues in north.

 

Tensions increased in the streets of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, as Houthi rebels escalated their standoff with the government by blocking one of the main roads to the city's international airport. 

 

The protest came after clashes between Houthi rebels and Sunni tribesmen in the country's north killed more than 70 people in the past three days, security officials and tribal leaders said on Sunday.

 

The latest combat took place in al-Jawf province, where Houthi rebels fought tribesmen who were backed by an army unit and allied with the Muslim Brotherhood's Islah party. Yemeni fighter jets also carried out air strikes against Houthi rebels in the area.

 

The officials said 18 of the Houthis and 22 of the tribesmen were killed in the battle and dozens on both sides were wounded.The Houthis are a Shia group that takes its name from Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, their former commander.

 

Tribesmen have managed to take control of Houthi positions about 175km east of Sanaa, the officials added. Aljazeera

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Ya Allah, Shias of Yemen are beng massacred by Wahabis and the Zionists' dogs

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Yemen police fire on Houthi protesters

Police shoot dead at least seven Shia protesters as hundreds of activists attempt to storm government HQ in Sanaa.

 

Video: killing of protesters [warning: graphic]

 

Yemeni police killed at least seven Shia Houthi activists in the capital Sanaa when they opened fire on hundreds attempting to storm the government headquarters, a protest organiser has told Al Jazeera.

 

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Sanaa on Tuesday, said there was a "serious escalation" of violence under way.

"More than 50 people were also injured in the clashes. There has also been reports of fighting on the outskirts of the city, which is a very dangerous development."

Houthi activists say they were merely protesting and marching to the office, but the interior ministry said the rebels were en route to break into government buildings.

Yemen's supreme security committee, headed by President Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, said however, it held the Houthi rebels responsible for the deaths, stating that gunmen among the protesters had opened fire and not the guards. 

Meanwhile, Yemeni troops and Shia rebels exchanged gunfire at the western entrance to Sanaa. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the clashes.

"The situation is now very delicate in the capital," our correspondent said.  

 

The rebel activists have been camped out in Sanaa for weeks in a campaign to bring down the government and reverse unpopular fuel price increases.

Fighting has also intensified in the northern al-Jawf province where the government is conducting air strikes against Houthi positions.

 

The authorities claim a senior rebel commander was killed in one of these raids.

The Houthis are seeking to oust the government and reverse unpopular fuel price rises, but officials say they
have a sectarian agenda to carve out their own semi-independent state and gain a veto power in national politics. 

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