SANAA, October 14 (RIA Novosti) – Houthi rebels in Yemen have seized the city of Dhamar, located south of the country's capital Sanaa, a security official told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
According to the official, Houthis did not meet any resistance during the seizure, which happened after the insurgents held talks with local authorities.
Houthi rebels are now in control of the entrances into Dhamar and are also stationed in front of government buildings in the city. The situation in Dhamar is calm and stable, despite the presence of Houthis.
Earlier, it was reported that the rebels took over Hudeida, the second most important seaport in Yemen, also encountering little resistance from the city residents.
Houthis have also seized a military base in the Hudeida province. Two battalions that were stationed at the base surrendered without any resistance.
The seizures come just weeks after Houthi rebels attacked Sanaa. The insurgents are still in control of the entrances into Sanaa, as well as many residential buildings in the city.
The Houthis are the main opposition movement in Yemen. They have been accusing the incumbent government in Sanaa of discrimination against Shiites and have been carrying out protests against the government since mid-August, calling for economic and political reforms in the country.