Clashes in Al-Mesbahi roundabout

Published on 27 August 2017 in News
Yasser Rayes (author)

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A large banner in Al-Mesbahi Roundabout showing the Houthis' slogan (Allah is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Cursed be the Jews  Victory to Islam). Photo: Yasser Rayes

A large banner in Al-Mesbahi Roundabout showing the Houthis' slogan (Allah is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Cursed be the Jews Victory to Islam). Photo: Yasser Rayes

On Saturday evening, August 26, 2017, Khalid Al-Radhi, Deputy Head of Foreign Relations Department in the General People's congress was killed during clashes near Al-Mesbahi Roundabout while accompanying Salah Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The clashes occurred between forces loyal to the Houthis on one side and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other side.

According to local sources the clashes erupted when a Houthi checkpoint near Al-Mesbahi Roundabout attempted to stop and search the small convoy which Salah Ali Abdullah Saleh and Khalid Al-Radhi were on while they were on their way to Shebam Company, which is the company that owns Yemen Today channel and newspaper as well as Yemen FM Radio and the company itself is owned by Ali Abdullah Saleh's family. 

The convoy refused to stop and be searched and an altercation started between the two sides which resulted in gunfire exchange at which point Al-Radhi was killed and Salah Ali Abdullah Saleh survived and was taken away by his escorts who exchanged gunfire with the Houthi checkpoint personnel killing five of them. 

After that, the Houthis started rallying their fighters in the area, attempted to surround it with their loyalists and started establishing barricades. At the same time the Saleh-loyal Republican Guards were called by their commanders and were asked to standby for any orders.

However, on the following day there were no clashes between the two sides and a resolution seems to have been reached between both sides.

For the past few months there has been tensions between the Houthis supporters and the former president's supporters. These tensions escalated after the General People's Congress party, which is headed by Saleh, had its popular festival on Thursday in celebration of 35 years passing since its establishment.