MOSCOW, September 28 (RIA Novosti) - Hundreds of Yemenis have come onto the streets of Yemen's capital Sana'a to protest against the actions of the Shiite rebels who started the riots in the city, AFP reported Sunday.
"We don't want Huthis anymore," protesters were quoted by AFP as saying.
According to AFP, Huthi rebels are all over Sana'a, though no confrontations between the rebels and protesters were reported.
Fighting between the Yemeni government and Shiite rebels intensified last week when the authorities were forced to shut down the airport in Sana'a, along with other educational and public establishments. Before this, it was reported that the rebels had seized government buildings.
Shiites have been protesting against the incumbent government since mid-August, calling for economic and political reforms. Hundreds of residents were forced to flee the capital of the country for fear of escalation in violence when the riots grew in intensity last week.
The Yemeni government has constantly accused the rebels of trying to topple the incumbent government. The beginning of the current riots dates back to 2004 when the Shiites launched a rebellion against the country's government.
In the meantime, the Yemeni splinter group of al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the rocket attack launched on the US Embassy in Sana'a on September 27. The attack, as the militants claimed, was in reprisal for a purported drone strike by the United States north of Yemen.
According to The Guardian, the United States regularly conducts drone strikes in Yemen in a bid to quash al-Qaida militants.
It is reported that two people were wounded as a result of the attack on the US Embassy in Yemen.