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    A UN-brokered peace deal between Houthi rebels and Yemen's government has been signed while the Houthis have taken control of government buildings and a state radio and TV station in the capital, Sanaa.
    Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Sanaa, said that the deal called for a new government in Yemen with more representation for the Houthis, who will have to withdraw from the areas they occupied since fighting began on four days ago.

    On Sunday, the rebels took over a number of government buildings in the capital including the defence ministry's headquarters, the army headquarters, the parliament building, the Central Bank and the national radio station.

    Our correspondent said that most areas in the capital apart from the army base saw little or no fighting, which he referred to as a "capitulation of sorts" by the army.
    He added that soldiers from the army had been seen changing into civilian clothing to avoid being "arrested by the Houthis".
    Journalist Iona Craig, also in Sanaa, reported later in the day that fighting had stopped while politicians gather in the southern part of the capital.
    "Some people are claiming this is a coup, and others are saying [Houthis] have legitimate demands ... But they have gone further than anybody really anticipated they were going to go. They are Yemen's strongest fighting force and they've beaten the army several times," said Craig.
    "For now, they've said this afternoon that they want to try and protect government buildings within the city which to many people would seem like a coup attempt and it's going to be interesting how it unfolds over the rest of the night."
    Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa tendered his resignation in a statement in which he criticised the president's performance in this crisis and for not participating fully in the national dialogue process.
    UN special envoy Jamal Benomar, who had held talks with Houthi leader Abdulmalek al-Houthi in their home province of Saada, announced late on Saturday that an agreement had been reached to end fighting.
    Curfew in place
    Yemen's state TV headquarters in Sanaa had earlier been captured by the Shia rebels after coming under heavy shelling, while the country's Supreme Security Commission, chaired by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, ordered a curfew in four areas north and west of the capital between 9pm and 6am.
    More than 100 people have died in fighting since Thursday, sparked by weeks of protests and clashes. It also prompted the suspension of international flights to Sanaa and the interruption of broadcasts by state television.
    Thousands of Houthis have staged protests in Sanaa for more than a month now, besieging ministries and blocking the road to the main airport.
    The Houthis are a Zaidi Shia group whose traditional power base is in the north. They are demanding a new government and also more political power for their community.
    The government's plans for a six-region federation has been rejected by the Houthis and the southern separatists.

  • #2
    After 10 years of war since 2014, finally the government of Yemen has been overthrown. The anti-Shi'a Muslim Brotherhood PM has stepped down, after rejecting Houthi demands just yesterday. Sunni conservative General Ali Mohsen, who had led all 6 operations against Houthis from 2004 to 2010 and had played the main part in overthrowing Saleh in 2011, and is strongly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, has now fled to Riyadh after his military headquarters were taken over. In July, the city of his al-Ahmar tribe, al-Amran was overran which was already a major blow to his power and that of the MB, since this clan was embedded in their leadership and it's fighters comprised majority of MB fighters

    The President meanwhile, has called on all government personel now to cooperate with the rebels and ordered security forces to stand down. Yemeni troops and police are reported to be taking off their uniforms and hiding in civilian clothes. The Shi'a Ansarallah movement is now allowed to pick the new Prime Minister.

    For the first time since the Arab spring Iran and the Shi;'as have achieved a significant victory against the Saudis and Qataris. They are fuming right now that their stooges have been deposed. Press TV even report they are scrambling jets . All Saudi diplomats have been evacuated from the country as well. The main Salafi university has been closed down.


    • #3
      Will Iran establish close relations with the new Yemeni government, causing the Saudis to feel encircled?


      • #4
        Originally posted by starman View Post
        Will Iran establish close relations with the new Yemeni government, causing the Saudis to feel encircled?

        We'll have to still see what happens from here. But what Saudis have failed to achieve in Syria over last 3 years, has now been achieved in Yemen, but against them. You can bet that they're really pissed off. Especially if you compare the funding of Houthis to that of what FSA and those stooges have been getting...


        • #5
          Yemen: peace deal signed but rebels continue advance

          Yemeni government officials and Shia rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday after days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty.
          The agreement calls for an immediate ceasefire and the formation of a technocratic government within a month after consultations with all political parties, a UN envoy said later at a joint news conference with President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the capital, Sana'a. "The head of the government may not belong to any political group," Jamal Benomer said, reading from the document, which, he added, also calls for security forces to be restructured based on consultations with the political parties.
          Hours earlier, state media reported that the country's prime minister had resigned, but the president's office denied it had received any such request. The conflicting information came as the Houthi rebels seized numerous strategically important installations in Sana'a, including the defence ministry, the central bank, a key military base and Iman University, military and security officials said. The Houthis have in recent months routed their Sunni enemies in a series of battles north of Sana'a, and in recent days consolidated and expanded their grip on areas just to the north of the capital.
          Their foes have traditionally been Sunni militias allied with the government or the fundamentalist Islah party. The Houthis have been pressing for a change of government and what they see as a fair share of power.
          In many cases, officials said the rebels handed over installations they captured to the military police or to popular committees comprising Houthis and local residents to protect them against looting.
          However, they dealt harshly with personnel and installations associated with their foes in years of war, such as the university, which was seen as a bastion of Sunni hard-liners and a recruitment hub for militants.
          On Sunday afternoon, the official Saba news agency announced the resignation of Mohammed Salem Bassindwa but gave no details. A subsequent report by the agency quoted the president's office as saying it had not received any such request.
          Bassindwa took office shortly after former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down. He has been in office since February 2012 and has been sharply criticized for his inability to deal with the country's pressing problems.
          The military base captured by the Houthis is the headquarters of the army's 1st Armored Division, an elite outfit led by Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who has led several military campaigns against the Houthis in the north.
          The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to brief reporters. There were no official casualty figures from Sunday's violence.
          Houthis rebels captured the state television building on Saturday.
          The interior minister, Hussein al-Terb issued a statement on Sunday calling on policemen in the capital to "cooperate" with the Houthis in maintaining security, a move seen as an attempt to stop the city from descending into lawlessness.
          The defence ministry and the general staff called on military units in Sanaa and nearby areas to remain at their posts, be on high alert and safeguard their weapons and equipment.
          The Houthis waged a six-year insurgency that officially ended in 2010. The following year, an Arab Spring-inspired uprising shook the country, eventually forcing Saleh to step down in 2012 as part of a US-backed deal giving him immunity from prosecution.
          Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest nations, is facing multiple challenges. In addition to the Houthi rebels, an al-Qaida branch in the south poses a constant threat as it tries to impose control over cities and towns.
          The US considers Yemen's local branch of al-Qaida to be the world's most dangerous, and has helped support Yemeni government offensives against it with drone strikes.
          On Saturday, the UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, had signalled that an agreement was reached to halt the violence, and that preparations were underway to sign the accord.


          • #6
            Yemen Rebels Gain Concessions From Government After Assault on Capital

            SANA, Yemen — An assault on Yemen’s capital rocked the transitional government on Sunday as fighters from a Shiite rebel group stormed through the city, seizing government buildings, state media facilities and military bases. The military broke apart, some units appeared to side with rebels, and the prime minister abruptly resigned.

            By late Sunday night, President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced that the rebels, known as the Houthis, had agreed to an immediate cease-fire and the formation of a new “technocratic national government.” Although the details remained vague, analysts said the Houthis’ control over the capital would give them the upper hand in dictating the terms of any agreement.
            “The agreement will, of course, reflect the new realities on the ground, where the Houthis are much stronger than before,” said Ibrahim Sharqieh, a researcher at the Brookings Institution’s center in Doha, Qatar, who focuses on conflict resolution. But, he noted, “the Houthis are not yet strong enough that they are able to take power without the other parties.”

            Jamal Benomar, the special representative of the United Nations for Yemen, had announced a cease-fire on Saturday night, but it did not last until dawn. Nor did it impede the Houthis’ swift advance.

            The Houthis’ gains on Sunday are certain to exacerbate sectarian and political tensions in the region: Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Muslim-led Persian Gulf states believe that the Shiite rebels in Yemen are backed by their archrival, the Shiite state of Iran. The Sunni-led states of the gulf are waging a fierce proxy fight against Iran through the conflict in Syria, and three years ago Saudi Arabia even sent its troops to Bahrain to tamp down an uprising by its Shiite majority, in part because of fears that the movement’s leaders were in league with Iran.
            “In the regional cold war, this has strengthened the position of the Iranians,” Mr. Sharqieh said. “For the Saudis, the Houthis arriving in Sana is definitely not good news.”
            The Houthis’ success at strangling the government also puts new pressure on the Western-backed transition put in place after the removal of the strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh during the Arab Spring revolts. The presence of armed Houthi forces in the capital risks more sectarian clashes with the Sunni Muslim extremists from the southern Yemen strongholds of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
            And the turmoil is already jeopardizing the ability of Yemen’s feeble government to continue working with Washington against the Al Qaeda group. The conflict began building weeks ago when thousands of supporters of the Houthis, who are named for a powerful northern clan and have often clashed with the central government, began staging protests and blocking roads to demand the reinstatement of fuel subsidies and a cabinet shake-up. But by Thursday the protests had escalated into sporadic fighting in the streets of the capital.
            The rebels fought with automatic rifles and artillery mounted on trucks, while security forces countered with shelling. News reports said at least 140 had died in the past four days of fighting. And President Hadi had denounced the Houthi attacks as an attempted coup.

            Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa of Yemen, who resigned on Sunday.CreditMohammed Huwais/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story
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            On Saturday, the Houthis seized the state television building, a central symbol of the government’s power. State media reported Saturday night that military units were moving to recapture it, but instead the Houthis appear to have willingly turned over the site to the military police, a force that is regarded as independent of the government and perhaps potentially sympathetic to the rebels.
            By Sunday afternoon, certain military units, including the Fourth Army Brigade and a military leadership center, had appeared to shift their support to the Houthis instead of the government, perhaps switching loyalties to back the winning side. The Houthis and their military allies had control of the state radio building as well as the state television building and the prime minister’s office.
            As Houthis surrounded the building housing the Interior Ministry, the ministry issued a conciliatory statement saying that it had ordered the police to “cooperate” with the rebels “in consolidating security and stability.” The ministry called the Houthis “friends of the police in the service of the general interest of the homeland.”
            Elsewhere, Houthi forces continued to battle other military units, most notably a major division considered loyal to Brig. Gen. Ali Mohsin al-Ahmar. One of the fragmented military’s most important commanders, General Ahmar comes from a powerful tribe and his family also has a leading role in Yemen’s mainstream Sunni Islamist party, Islah. Islah and the Ahmars both played major roles in the protests that forced out President Saleh, and they are considered political rivals of the Houthis.
            They were also among the losers in the past week’s battles. By nightfall on Sunday, the Houthis had taken the headquarters of General Ahmar’s First Armored Division, according to security officials and news reports. The general’s whereabouts was unknown.
            Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, who resigned Sunday, is also linked to the Islah party, and the Houthis and others have accused him of corruption. But the circumstances of his decision were not completely clear.
            “I have decided to tender my resignation from the government out of my concern to pave the way for any agreement reached between the brother leaders of Ansarullah” — the party of the Houthis — “and brother Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the president of the republic,” the prime minister wrote in a letter of resignation, according to Reuters.
            Houthi news outlets, meanwhile, published a version of the letter in which the prime minister accused President Hadi of corruption. Its authenticity could not be confirmed



            • #7
              The airport was taken over last night.

              Ali Mohsen's house has been burned down, as have those of several key Saudi-backed politicians. Saudi-stooges are fleeing the city in droves now.


              • #8
                Yemen rebels raid army commander's house
                Houthi gunmen loot home of Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, injuring several guards, hours after signing peace deal.

                Houthi rebels in Yemen have raided the houses of a powerful military commander and his allies in the capital Sanaa.
                The raid on the home of Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, an adviser on defence and security affairs for the president, came a day after the signing of a UN-brokered peace deal between the government and the Shia rebel group.
                Sources told Al Jazeera that the gunmen entered the house in the Hadda neighbourhood overnight to Monday and looted it after exchanging fire with the guards. Several security personel were injured in the incident.
                The house of Hamid al-Ahmar, the leader of the Yemeni Alliance for Reform party (Muslim Brotherhood), was also looted.

                Meanwhile, Shia rebels held position around key government offices and army bases in Sanaa, which they captured without resistance just hours before the signing of the peace agreement.
                Jamal Benomar, the UN envoy to Yemen, told Al Jazeera on Monday that the actions of the rebels were undermining the success of the deal.
                "The deal calls for immediate ceasefire. It means that all hostilities must cease. It also means that all the armed groups that are now in the city taking over government buildings must leave," said Benomar.
                The interior ministry had called on the security forces on Sunday not to confront the rebels.
                Sanaa mayor Abdulqader Hilal resigned in protest late on Sunday after rebels seized his car at a checkpoint, sources close to him said.
                Fragile peace
                The deal, that calls for the formation of a new government within a month, is aimed to bring an end to weeks of clashes and protests that have crippled the capital.
                President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi is also required to appoint advisers from the Houthis and southern separatists within three days.
                More than 100 people have been killed since the violence erupted on Tuesday, according to security officials.
                The rebels hail from the Zaidi Shia community, that makes up 30 percent (this is al-Jazeera propaganda Zaydis are 45% at least) of Yemen's mostly Sunni nation but the majority community in the northern highlands, including the Sanaa region.
                The rebels have battled the government on and off for a decade from their stronghold of Saada in the far north.


                • #9
                  Houthis tighten grip on Yemen capital
                  Rebels strengthen positions in Sanaa, celebrating their advance, while continuing to raid their rivals' buildings.
                  Yemen's Houthi fighters have tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance and signing an overnight deal to win a share of power, capping a decade-long uprising against the government.
                  On Monday, the heavily armed rebels raided the house of General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and set up checkpoints across Sanaa, as the general and his allies fled and went into hiding.
                  They also raided the Suhail TV channel's headquarters in the capital, a day after the signing of a UN-brokered peace deal between the government and the Shia rebel group.

                  The channel belongs to the al-Islah (reform) political party (Muslim Brotherhood), a Sunni Islamist party which draws support and membership from heavily armed Sunni tribesman, and are instrumental in rallying support behind the army and the government. The Houthis have identified the party as its arch-enemy.
                  "[The Houthis] are continuing their campaign of revenge against their enemies in the country," said Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Sanaa.
                  Houthis celebrated their successful advance in Sanaa with fireworks and gatherings. But our correspondent reported that a car bomb killed "scores" of Houthis who were gathering to celebrate their victories near the Saudi-Yemeni border. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
                  The Houthis had earlier seized a series of strategic installations and key state buildings in Sanaa, though it later handed most of them over to military police, according to the Associated Press news agency.

                  Hundreds dead
                  The deal signed on Sunday, called for the formation of a new government within a month, and aimed to bring an end to weeks of clashes and protests that have crippled the capital.
                  President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi is required to appoint advisers from the Houthis and southern separatists within three days.
                  Sanaa's northern and western districts, the scenes of fierce battles over the last week, were damaged by relentless shelling, their buildings pockmarked by gunfire and bodies of slain fighters left on the streets.
                  At least 200 people were killed on the outskirts of the capital in fighting, the government said Monday.
                  AFP news agency reported that rescue teams retrieved 53 bodies during the day, "bringing the total pulled by ministry teams since September 16 to 200 bodies," the health ministry said in a statement carried by Saba state news agency.
                  The Zaidi Shias, who make up 30 percent (45% this is al-JAzeera propaganda) of Yemen's population of 25 million and ruled a kingdom there for 1,000 years, have complained of being marginalised since their last king in Sanaa was overthrown in a 1962 revolution (coup d'etat followed by Egyptian invasion).
                  Their strongholds are in the mountainous north of the country.



                  • #10
                    Yemen's Hadi warns of new civil war as Houthis celebrate takeover of capital
                    After the Houthi rebel takeover of the capital Sana’a and a Sunday night ceasefire, the group’s supporters celebrated their perceived victory as a car bomb blast rocked the capital on Tuesday evening.
                    Thousands of supporters of the group, which claimed victory after signing a ceasefire promising sweeping political reforms, gathered in central Sana’a to watch a speech by Houthi leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi.
                    The skies of Sana’a had been lit up on Monday night by a huge display of fireworks to mark the Houthi takeover of the capital.

                    Fireworks display celebrates Houthi takeover of the capital (AA)

                    Abdel Malek al-Houthi’s speech on Tuesday afternoon was watched by huge crowds of supporters, who gathered around trucks mounted with television screens.
                    In his triumphant speech, al-Houthi thanked Yemen’s army for joining the country’s “revolution”, saying that he has “extended his hand” to all political stakeholders in the country after the ceasefire.
                    He said that “co-operation from all parties” is necessary to build “a country based on justice.”
                    Al-Houthi told the assembled crowds that he is attempting to formulate a government of national participation, claiming that his movement had toppled the former “government of corruption.”
                    President Mansour Hadi, for his part, gave a speech decrying the Houthi encampment, calling their recent takeover of the capital a “conspiracy.”
                    After a meeting at the presidential palace to discuss the leadership’s next steps following a ceasefire agreement that promised the formulation of a new interim government within three days and a significant cut to fuel prices, Hadi slammed the Houthis.
                    He addressed the nation, saying Yemenis must be “shocked” by the capitulation of several key government ministries and sections of the army to the Houthi encroachment in the past week.
                    “Yemen is facing a conspiracy that will lead towards civil war,” he warned.
                    He said that “many powers”, including “the opportunistic who take advantage of any disaster” had come together, to manufacture the seizure of power by the Houthis.
                    As Hadi and Houthi continued their war of words, a car bomb explosion rocked the capital, causing unknown casualties in the ranks of the Houthis.
                    “A number of Houthis were killed and injured when a car-bomb exploded in northern Sana’a”, an eye-witness told Anadolu Agency.
                    The explosion is the second such incident to target Houthis in 48 hours, in the midst of widespread celebrations by their supporters and reports that the situation for civilians in Sana’a has improved, with an end to the huge power cuts that had coloured daily life in the capital for weeks.
                    A huge car-bomb exploded in the Houthi stronghold of Sa’ada, a governorate just north of the capital, on Monday.
                    At least 30 people were killed and scores injured in the blast.
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                    • #11
                      emen: Houthi leader hails 'revolution'

                      Abdul Malik al-Houthi gave his first televised speech since the rebels swept through Sanaa
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                      The leader of Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels has described his supporters' takeover of key parts of the capital, Sanaa, as a "successful revolution".
                      Abdul Malik al-Houthi said his movement had forced the government to give in to the demands of the people.
                      The Houthis and the government signed a deal on Sunday to end deadly clashes.
                      Earlier, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi denounced the takeover of Sanaa as a conspiracy that could lead to civil war.
                      At least 200 people are thought to have died in the latest fighting.
                      Under the UN-brokered deal, a new government will be formed and the Houthis and southern separatists will nominate a new prime minister.
                      "These great efforts created this great success - victory - for all the people, forcing an answer to popular demands," Mr Houthi said, in a televised speech on Tuesday.
                      "If it is implemented, this agreement will also change the government, which the people called to fall, to fail, because it stood on an unjust, non-consensual basis," he said.
                      Armed Houthi rebels reportedly took over key buildings in Sanaa on Sunday
                      Mr Houthi also called for partnership with Islah, the main Sunni party, the AFP news agency says. The rebels have been fighting forces loyal to Islah.
                      Yemen has remained unstable since anti-government protests in 2011 forced the then-President Ali Abdallah Saleh from office.
                      The rebels, who are based in the mountainous north of Yemen, have been advancing on Sanaa for several weeks, skirmishing with rivals and staging mass protests calling for greater rights.
                      The Houthis belong to the minority Zaidi Shia community. They have staged periodic uprisings since 2004 to win greater autonomy for their northern heartland of Saada province.

                      Timeline: Recent key events 29 July - Govt removes fuel subsidies as part of economic reforms; fuel prices nearly double
                      18 Aug - Houthis set up armed protest camps in Sanaa
                      31 Aug - Houthi leader calls for campaign of civil disobedience
                      2 Sept - President agrees to dismiss govt; promises to review subsidy cuts - Houthis reject move
                      10 Sept - Security forces shoot dead seven Houthis protesters outside cabinet building
                      18 Sept - Clashes between Houthis and Sunni militias in Sanaa leave 40 dead
                      21 Sept - Houthis occupy key buildings in Sanaa; PM resigns; deal for new unity govt signed



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