Shiite Rebels Take Over City in Yemen

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The city of Taiz in Yemen have been taken over by Shiite rebels. This is Yemen’s third largest city and there were protests by the thousands that took to the streets in response to take over. One was person was killed, four were wounded and a couple dozen people had choked on tear gas. Along with the city the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, had taken control of the airport. This take over was cause a day after a “call to action” to fight against the people who support President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. President Hadi had made a speech where he challenged the Houthis.

Giving this speech of course would antagonize the Houthis. So, they responded in a way that would hurt President Habi. According to the report from the New York Times “If the rebels hold onto the city, the capital of Yemen’s most populous province, it would be a major blow to embattled current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who established a base in the southern city of Aden just 140 kilometers (85 miles) away after fleeing the rebel-held capital last month.”

After gaining position in Taiz more troops, under the orders of Brig. Gen. Hamoud al-Harathi, so the rebels are on their way to come for the the base, where President Hadi is located.

The Houthis have control of Sanaa, since this last September, along with nine other provinces out of the 21 in Yemen. Along for the rise of violence in Yemen according to the Washington Post, “The United States pulled out its remaining 100 military personnel in Yemen on Friday after al-Qaeda briefly captured a town close to their base. The U.S. Embassy was evacuated in February, and the troop move will further undermine counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the local affiliate of the terror group, which uses Yemen as a staging ground for attacks against the West.”

The violence in Yemen has been escalating, this past Friday 137 people were killed after four suicide bombers targeted at two Shiite mosques.  357 people were wounded and is considered one of deadliest attacks in the country, according to the report from USA Today. All of these attacks are undermining combat with al-Qaida, and now faces some affiliation to an extreme Islamic group who have taken responsibility for the suicide bombings this past Friday.

All these events are going to push the improvised country Yemen into a civil war. Yemen has only been untied since the 1990’s, so it is almost immediately that country is starting to tear itself apart. Shiite Iran is starting to support the Houthis, but President Hadi is gaining popularity with Saudi Arabia. This is furthering causing more cause for a civil war in Yemen. With the U.S. withdrawing from Yemen leaves the country a type military playground for the two sides to keep fighting against each other. In fear of this happening the U.N. has called an emergency session to figure what to do with Yemen.

Photo: Anees Mahyoub/ RushHourDaily

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