World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of Yemenis staged a rally in capital Sanaa on Saturday to protest what they describe as Houthi "coup" in the Arab country.
Protesters chanted slogans against the Shiite Houthi group and in support of legitimacy of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Last week, Hadi fled Sanaa – where he had been placed under house arrest by the Houthis – to the southern city of Aden, where he declared that he was still Yemen's "legitimate" leader.
Hadi also declared that all Houthi decrees issued since September's Houthi takeover of Sanaa were "null" and "illegitimate."
Since his arrival, Hadi has met with a number of senior officials from Yemen's southern region in hopes of reinstating his embattled presidency from Aden.
The Houthis, for their part, have vowed to prosecute government officials loyal to Hadi, who the Shiite group considers "illegitimate."
On Feb. 6, the Houthis issued a "constitutional declaration" dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council.
The declaration, however, was rejected by most of Yemen's political forces – along with some neighboring Gulf countries – which described it as a "coup against constitutional legitimacy."
9 soldiers hurt in S. Yemen attack
Meanwhile, nine army soldiers were injured Saturday in an attack by suspected separatists in Yemen's southern Lahij province, a local official has said.
"Suspected separatists attacked an army patrol in the province's Radfan district, leaving nine soldiers injured," the official, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
According to the official, clashes broke out between Yemeni soldiers and militants following the attack.
Lahij has been the scene of deteriorating security since 2011, when a popular uprising forced autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down one year later.
Many of Yemen's southerners demand secession from the northern part of the country.
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