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Houthi Rebels Beat, Detain Protesters

National Yemen

Houthi Rebels beat back dozens of people marching in protest against the coup.On Wednesday, Houthi militants fire automatic rifles in the air and striking protesters with batons and knives.

Witnesses say the rebels detained several protesters and journalists on Wednesday and Thursday, and that around 11 people were lightly wounded in the past two days.

On the same day, the leader of the Houthis called for a “peaceful transfer of power” after his forces released a presidential aide whose abduction had set in motion a violent escalation that led to the government’s resignation.

Abdel-Malek al-Houthi called for a meeting to be held in Sanaa on Friday to work toward resolving political and security issues. He also pledged to take a stand against “anarchists.”

The latest crisis in Yemen has plunged the impoverished country deeper into turmoil and pushed it closer to fracturing along sectarian and tribal lines. The violence and power vacuum has also raised concerns about Washington’s ability to continue targeting al-Qaida’s Yemeni branch, which it sees as the network’s most dangerous franchise.