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Yemen’s Houthis secure strategic province of Bayda

10 February 2015 21:14

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Yemen’s Shia Ansarullah movement has secured the central province of Bayda as the Houthis continue operations against al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in the region.

Yemeni military officials said on Tuesday that the Houthis, backed by volunteer forces, took full control of Bayda, which is the gateway to Yemen’s southern region, controlled by secessionists, as well as the strategic oil-rich eastern province of Ma’rib.

Over the past months, al-Qaeda militants have frequently carried out attacks on Yemen’s security forces. The militants have been also engaged in battles with Ansarullah.

Last week, the Shia movement dissolved parliament, following weeks of clashes with government forces.

Ansarullah announced a constitutional declaration on the Transitional National Council, which is expected to replace the country’s parliament.

The declaration added that the Transitional National Council will be set up to elect the presidential council in a bid to end the country’s political deadlock.

In September 2014, Ansarullah fighters gained control of the capital city of Sana’a, following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of the country’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Ansarullah revolutionaries say the Yemeni government has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security.

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