Yemen rebels ‘storm presidential palace’ amid coup fears

Yemenis stand amid the debris outside a damaged building near the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa Photo: AFP

Shiite militiamen seized the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Tuesday in what a minister said was a bid to overthrow President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi and his US-backed government.

Witnesses said the heavily armed gunmen were also clashing with troops outside the residence of Hadi, who was reportedly inside receiving visitors at the time of the attack.

“The Yemeni president is under attack by militiamen who want to overthrow the regime,” Information Minister Nadia Sakkaf said on Twitter.

The fresh unrest came after the Huthi militiamen, who have tightened their grip on Sana’a since overrunning it unopposed in September, surrounded the prime minister’s residence at the end of a bloody day on Monday.

Prior to the attack on the presidency, the government had sought to hold “urgent” talks Tuesday to produce a roadmap to end violence.

The United Nations Security Council is to hold closed door consultations about the worsening crisis on Tuesday, with special envoy Jamal Benomar to report on the latest developments…

This is another place where Iran is accused of meddling, by neighbouring Saudi Arabia (who are likely meddling themselves, but it a country that they share a border with).