Houthi militias kill governor of Yemeni capital Sanaa

Houthi militias kill governor of capital city Sanaa in clash following his attempted arrest

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iranian backed Shiite Houthi militias have killed the governor of Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa alongside his nephew and security personnel in a clash erupting after an attempt to arrest him.

The relatives of Abdulghani Jamil and his nephew Nasr Jamil said that the two died from wounds they sustained in the clash that occurred late Thursday.

Jamil was able to sustain the post assigned to him by the government despite the Houthi occupation of Sanaa.

His relatives reported that the Houthis "demanded Jamil hand himself in,” a notion he refused, causing the militia to attack him.

Backed by Iran, the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September through an armed uprising, causing the Yemeni government to flee to Aden after the group attempted to disband the Yemeni government in January.

Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape Yemen to neighboring ally Saudi Arabia, where it has set up its office in the country’s capital Riyadh.

Pro-government forces continue to clash with Houthi forces across the country as an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia launches air strikes to prevent further gains by the Houthi militia.

TRTWorld and agencies