Yemen’s Houthi fighters push al-Qaeda out of key district

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Yemen
Monday, 15 December 2014


Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have pushed al-Qaeda-linked militants out of a key district, north of the capital Sana'a.

The Houthi movement's Shia fighters took “full control of the district of Arhab after raiding 20 of its areas and clearing them from Takfiri groups," said leading Houthi member, Mohamed al-Bakhiti, on Sunday.

He added, "The raids came in response to numerous assaults by Takfiri groups on Houthi members."

The fighters blew up seven buildings belonging to al-Qaeda militants in Arhab, taking full control of the district and restoring security after several days of fighting.

Meanwhile, the Houthis sacked Sakhr al-Wajih, the governor of the western port city of Hodeida who was appointed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and assigned Hassan Heij for the post.

Yemen has been facing threats from al-Qaeda-linked militants, many of whom have come from neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Al-Qaeda-linked violence in Yemen has been growing since February 2012, when Hadi came to power in a one-man election backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Ansarullah fighters have been engaged in deadly battles with al-Qaeda militants to drive them out of the country.

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