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Police tear-gas On Houthi protesters to open airport road

National Yemen

The interior ministry announced Sunday evening it has cleared the airport road. One Houthi militant was killed and few were injured when police fired tear gas to disperse Shiite rebels and activists who had blocked the road to Sanaa airport in an attempt to widen their anti-government protest campaign.

Police hurled tear gas canisters and deployed water cannon against demonstrators who had camped along the road near the interior ministry, an AFP correspondent said. The move came after protesters did not heed an ultimatum to clear the area.

Houthi leader has rejected overtures from President Abdrabuh M. Hadi who has offered to name a new prime minister and reduce a disputed fuel price hike.

On Sunday, they pitched new tents blocking access to the ministries of electricity and telecommunications on Airport Road, where they have been demonstrating for weeks. They also blocked access from the capital to the international airport.

Authorities deployed anti-riot police around the interior ministry, an AFP correspondent said.

The protesters erected cement road blocks along the road to the airport and wore yellow bands on their wrists and across their foreheads as a “warning” to authorities.

A source close to the presidency told AFP the Huthis have submitted a list of demands, including “uprooting corruption” as well as “giving them more powers within the public prosecution, accountability panel, national security services and the intelligence” services.

They also demanded that the president “consult with them on naming the new prime minister” and the ministers of defence, interior, foreign affairs and finance.

Under the presidential initiative, Hadi himself would name the four key ministers.

Sunday’s demonstrators carried portraits of Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad as well as those of the head of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Shiite Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah and of Yemen’s Shiite rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Huthi.