Yemen: Sanaa mourns dead Houthi rebel fighters

The Yemeni capital of Sanaa was brought to a standstill on Thursday by a memorial service for dead Houthi rebel fighters in Al-Sabeen square.

The memorial service was led by Houthi officials, who paraded the bodies of fallen ‘martyrs’ in coffins and funeral hearses.

Head of the Yemeni Military Intelligence Major-General Abdullah Ali al-Hakim praised the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers. He said, “we are in the realm of presenting and crowning those who gave their lives to give birth to Yemen again, to remove injustice and to clear the realm of tyrants of the era."

The International Committee of the Red Cross says at least 234 people are dead and 400 more have been wounded since the beginning of an internal power struggle between Houthi rebels and troops loyal to Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Saleh and Houthi forces began fighting last Wednesday, after a dispute broke out over control of one of the capital’s biggest mosques. The fighting culminated in the killing of Saleh in a roadside attack on Sunday by his former allies in the Houthi movement.

Saleh helped Houthi rebels seize power in 2014, but he was recently accused of betrayal, after he offered to negotiate a way out of the conflict with Saudi Arabia.


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Tags: Houthi rebel fighters, Houthi, Abdullah Ali al-Hakim, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen memorial service, Yemen conflict, Yemen crisis, Yemen war

Location: Sana'a, Yemen

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