Middle East

Yemen's president fires 2 senior army commanders

People walk on debris after a bomb explosion near the house of Muslim Shi'ite Houthi leader Al-Murtadha Bin Zaid Al-Muhatwari in Sanaa July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

SANAA, Yemen: Yemen's president has fired two senior army commanders after last week's capture of a city by Shiite Hawthi rebels, state television reported.

The TV report said President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi issued decrees removing Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Someli and Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali al-Maqdishi.

The report late Saturday gave no reason for their removal. However, it comes after Shiite Hawthi rebels took the northeastern city of Amran last week. They had been fighting against conservative Sunnis from one of the country's largest tribes backed by a local army unit.

The United Nations Security Council on Friday demanded the immediate withdrawal of the rebels and all other armed groups involved in the fighting.

Hawthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam has said the rebels will withdraw from the city.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry said Hadi met Saturday with the ministry's senior officials and instructed that Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Abdou Hussein el-Terb's powers be curtailed.

The ministry's security media center said Deputy Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Ali Nasser al-Akhshaa will be in charge of supervising all security agencies in the capital, Sanaa.

The center did not give a reason for the new assignment. Al-Terb is known to be close to the country's Muslim Brotherhood group, the Islah party.





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