JNN 26 Dec 2014 Sanaa : Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement says its Ansarullah fighters have managed to retake the Arhab district near the capital Sana’a from al-Qaeda-linked militants.
The Ansarullah fighters on Sunday took full control of the Arhab region, which was previously under the control of Terrorists loyal to Yemen’s al-Qaeda-linked Islah party.
Terrorists killed dozens of Ansarullah fighters in the clashes that broke out earlier Sunday.
Battles also raged on Saturday in the village of Darb Obaid after Ansarullah fighters raided the house of tribal leader Yehia Taqi Markoub.
Markoub, accused by the Houthis of possessing weapons and cooperating with the al-Qaeda terrorist group, managed to escape to another safe location without being harmed.
Over the past months, al-Qaeda Terrorists have frequently carried out attacks on Yemen’s security forces and have been also locked in deadly battles with Shia Ansarullah fighters.
Yemen’s central government has so far failed to confront the terrorist threat. Ansarullah fighters, however, have intervened to fill the vacuum and have driven al-Qaeda militants out of many areas in the country.
The movement also played a major role in the ouster of Yemen’s former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.
2 Shia Men Killed in Bomb Attacks and Target Killing
Two Shiite Houthi men were killed in Sanaa on Tuesday in a series of bomb attacks and a drive-by shooting, a medic and witnesses said.
Five small bombs hit the center of Sanaa, which has been mostly controlled by the Shiite fighters since September, killing one of them and wounding two others, a medic said.
The first explosion went off in the old quarter of Sanaa when one of the Houthis, tried to defuse a bomb discovered underneath the car of a judge. He died in hospital, according to the medic.
Several houses and some cars were damaged from the explosions.
Another four bombs planted in garbage containers in the same Bustan Al Sultan neighbourhood then exploded within intervals of about five minutes, an eyewitness said.
One of the bombs was placed near the home of Ismail Al Wazir, a professor at Sanaa University, Saba quoted the Director General of the Sanaa police, Brigadier General Abdelrazzaq Al Mo’ayad, as saying. Wazir, who is close to the Houthi group, escaped an assassination attempt in April when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle, killing two of his security guards.
No one has claimed responsibility for the April attack or Tuesday’s bombings, but the Houthis have been fighting the Al Qaeda and allied tribesmen since its gunmen captured Sanaa in September.
In a separate attack on Tuesday, a prominent Houthi figure, Faisal Sherif, was shot dead by two gunmen riding a motorcycle near the University of Sanaa, witnesses said.
The blasts occurred early in the morning when only a few people were on the streets, witnesses said. One said he saw a man on a motorbike place the bomb outside his house and it exploded almost immediately.