Yemeni forces pursue Shia leader

Yemen's security forces are continuing a week-long campaign to rout out supporters of a cleric they claim has been inciting violence.

    Yemenis have heavily criticised the US role in Iraq, Palestine

    Yemeni security forces have detained more than 40 supporters of Shaikh Husain Badr al-Din al-Huthi - a Zaidi Shia leader who the government accuses of inciting anti-US hatred during Friday sermons, an Aljazeera correspondent in Yemen reported.

    A Yemeni security source vowed to continue pursuing and apprehending al-Huthi and his supporters for allegedly inciting violence and spreading anti-US sentiments in the governorate of Saada, 240km north of the capital Sanaa.

    "We will besiege al-Huthi and his supporters and force them to surrender."

    Witnesses reported the Yemeni government's use of helicopters to hunt al-Huthi supporters in the Hidane region of Saada.

    Casualties were reported in several clashes, the Aljazeera correspondent said, but no figures were yet available.

    Week-long fighting

    The detaining of 40 supporters caps a week that has seen at least 13 killed in clashes between al-Huthi's supporters and government forces.

    Seven of those killed were government soldiers, a government spokesperson said.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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