Large number of Saleh loyalists join Yemen’s legitimate forces in Marib

Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 3, 2017, during clashes between Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

:: Large groups of Ali Abdullah Saleh loyalists have joined legitimacy brigades in Marib while Ibb tribes called on the Yemenis to avenge from Houthi militias after they killed the former president on Monday.

Taiz command and the General People’s Congress in the governorate called for revolting against Houthi militias stationed in the governorate’s surroundings. Deputy Governor of Taiz Aref Jamal said the next days will witness fierce operations against the Houthis, similar to what’s happening in Sanaa.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition air force launched seven strikes against Houthi positions around the Republican Palace in central Sanaa.

Houthi militias have imposed a state of emergency – though not officially declared – in Sanaa and executed 200 members of the General People’s Congress forces.

They deployed their gunmen across Sanaa, set checkpoints, increased their security on their headquarters and stationed snipers on rooftops.

Sources told Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath television channels that Houthi militias are raiding houses of General People’s Congress officials and arresting them in Sanaa, adding that they stormed Aref al-Zouka’s house and detained his family.

On Monday, the UN said heavy fighting around the diplomatic area in Sanaa was still on, adding that roads were closed and tanks were deployed in the streets.

The UN noted that there is also fighting in other governorates like Hajjah, adding that aid convoys to Sanaa and flights have been suspended.

Yemeni media sources said on Monday evening that clashes erupted between Saleh’s loyalists and Houthi militias in the Usaylan District in the Shabwah Governorate, east of the country. Local sources added that Saleh’s loyalists killed three Houthi militiamen and injured others.

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