Attacks target Houthi fighters in Yemen

2014-09-28 22:51:31 | Al Muslim News
Attacks target Houthi fighters in Yemen

 

A suicide car bomber linked to al-Qaeda has rammed into a field hospital run by a Shia rebel group east of Yemen's capital, killing at least 15 people, while five more died in an ambush in the south of the country, according to local sources. The suicide car bombing took place in the town of Majzar in Maarib province, tribal sources told Al Jazeera. "The attack targeted Houthi rebels in the hospital that they occupied last month and they are using as their headquarters," said Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Sanaa. The armed group Ansar al-Sharia, a branch of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement on its Twitter account. Local tribesmen said at least 15 people were killed in the attack and more than 50 were wounded. In the second attack, local officials said fighters ambushed a car used by Houthi fighters, killing five of them. An al-Qaeda statement put the Houthi death toll in the attack at six. There was no immediate word from the Houthi rebels, who are named after the tribe of their leader and founder. The Houthis swept through the capital earlier this month after consolidating their grip over northern provinces. Ansar al-Sharia had previously carried out numerous attacks on military and civilian installations of the US-allied Yemeni government. However, the group, which adheres to an austere brand of Sunni Islam which views Shia Muslims as heretics, has turned its attention to the Houthis after they captured Sanaa. Last week, they said they carried out a similar attack on the Houthis in their northern stronghold of Saada province, in which dozens were killed or wounded. Anti-Houthi rally Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters from the February 11 Revolution movement marched along the main Zubairi road in Sanaa on Sunday, chanting slogans against the Houthis. "We don't want Houthis any more," shouted the demonstrators, whose movement was behind the 2011 uprising which ousted former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. They urged the rebels to "apologise to the Yemeni people" and implement a UN-brokered peace accord, including a security protocol that stipulated their withdrawal from Sanaa once a new prime minister is named.

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Turkey, Iran, Iraq concerned over Kurdish referendum

ANKARA: Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey&rs... More

Three civilians killed in held Kashmir claim police

SRINAGAR: Authorities in India-held Kashmir claimed that suspected militants hurled a grenade at motorcade of a local government minister on Thursday,... More

Trump budget opens new fight among Republicans

WASHINGTON: Republican U.S. Representative Todd Rokita keeps a clock hanging on the wall of his Capitol Hill office that tracks the U.S. government... More

15 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Black Sea coast

Fifteen people drowned and up to 15 more were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, the coas... More

Iran s Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready t... More

Fresh fires bomb blast in Myanmars Rakhine

Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the government said on Friday, the latest unrest in a ... More

Pakistan tells UN wont be scapegoat in Afghan war

Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told... More

Kashmiris protest atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration in the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday to condemn the alleged violence and discriminatio... More

Haj success opens way for talks with Saudi: Iran

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the Haj operations, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. ... More

North Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was a... More

84