Tens of thousands of Yemen nationals marched together to protest against Shiite Houthi rebels who have laid seige to the country.
Yemen, which has a strong Al Qaeda presence, is currently experiencing a power vacuum after thousands of rebel Houthis stormed the Presidential palace and took the country's government prisoner. The entire government including the President later announced their resignation on national channel.
Over 20,000 Yemeni citizens poured on the streets of the country's capital Sana'a at president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's palace, protesting and chanting slogans against the Houthi rebels; the protesters demanded restoration of the Hadi government, Associated Press reported.
Protesters reportedly were also involved in scuffles including a knife fight, which left two demonstrators and one Houthi rebel injured.
"Houthi aggressors, out of the capital," went one chant, and "Hadi, Hadi, return. Your people are awake," said another. One slogan accused the Houthis, who adhere to a sect of Shiism, of being clients of Shiite-majority Iran, while another said they were colluding with Hadi's predecessor and long-time autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Security officials said Houthi gunmen fired on demonstrators in the port city of Hodeida, injuring three people. Reports said that protests were also held in Taiz, Ibb and Dhamar with similar demands.