THE LEVANT – Yemen’s president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has warned the Houthis, a faction organized under the leadership of Abdel-Malek Al Houthi leading mass protests in the country’s capital that the United States and other world powers oppose the “rebellion.”
President Hadi’s remarks Wednesday, carried by Yemen’s official SABA news agency, came as Houthi leader Abdel-Malek Al-Houthi vowed to continue the demonstrations until his demands are met. The protesters want Yemen’s government to step down and for fuel subsidies to be restored.
Hundreds of thousands of Houthi supporters have been rallying in the capital for a second week, setting up tents near ministries and sending armed men to take positions on rooftops. The Houthis’ determination to see through their demands and hold the state accountable for the promises it made the people had many alarmed tensions could degenerate.
The Houhis who have declared a political and tribal war on Al Islah – Yemen’ Sunni radical faction – have already warned they would not tolerate any of their supporters to be mistreated, threatened or brutalized by Islahi militants.
Al Houthi reiterated on Wednesday that his fight and wrath are directed to Islamists and not the state.
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