The government in Yemen, a US ally in the War on Terror, is, for all intents and purposes, now considered powerless and in the process of collapsing.
A coup is currently taking place and the Houthi rebels have gained a stronghold on the country’s capital after bombarding Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s personal home earlier today. The prime minister’s home has also been attacked and at least one United States embassy vehicle has taken small arms fire. No US casualties are reported.
According to Yahoo News/Reuters:
Militia fighters bombarded the private residence of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Tuesday in an effort to overthrow the government, the country’s information minister said.
The attack followed some of the worst fighting in the capital Sanaa in years on Monday, when guards loyal to Hadi fought artillery battles near the presidential palace with the powerful Houthi movement, which has been in dispute with Hadi over political and constitutional issues.
“Yemeni president under attack by armed militias seeking the overthrow of the ruling system,” Information Minister Nadia al-Saqqaf said on Twitter on Tuesday evening.
According to the State Department, the United States is preparing several plans to evacuate the US Embassy both commercially and militarily if the need arises. According to CNN, the USS Iwo Jima and the USS Fort McHenry moved into new positions in the Red Sea in the last several hours in order to support evacuation procedures if needed.
There is fear that the Houthi rebels, who are Shia muslims, will push Sunni muslim tribes into the arms of terror groups as they are pushed out of the country’s government.
—Courtesy of Controversial Times