Yemen imposes curfew amid clashes in capital

Yemen imposes curfew amid clashes in capital

Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:16PM GMT
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The Yemeni government has imposed a curfew on parts of the capital Sana’a as heavy fighting continues between Ansarullah fighters and loyalists to Salafist Islah Party.

On Saturday, the government also ordered closure of all schools and two universities in the capital.

The country’s Supreme Security Commission said the curfew was imposed in four districts in northern and western Sana’a and would remain in place indefinitely.

The commission decreed the curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am (1800-0300 GMT).

Meanwhile, an airport source made an announcement saying that the suspension of incoming and outgoing international flights continued for the second day.

Yemeni revolutionaries have been staging demonstrations in the capital for more than a month, demanding the formation of a new government.

They say the government is corrupt and marginalizes the country’s Shia community.

On August 20, thousands of Houthis strengthened their positions in Sana’a in their efforts to press the Yemeni government to resign.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.

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