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Explosions in Yemeni capital after Hadi resignation

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 01:24

A day after the Yemeni president resigned, two explosions, believed to be aimed at Shi'ite rebel leaders, rocked the capital Sanaa early Friday morning. Pavithra George reports.

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Beleaguered residents awoke on Friday morning to the aftermath of yet another explosion in Sanaa, Yemen's restive capital. There were no deaths but the powerful blast damaged buildings and vehicles. The attack was believed to have targeted Houthi leaders - whose recent push for power has forced Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to finally step down - leaving a political vacuum. On a deserted road leading to the presidential palace, Houthi militia in armored vehicles keep watch. As the rebel decide their next move, many wonder who will run this unstable country of 23 million. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SANAA RESIDENT, MOHAMED DERHIM, SAYING: "Frankly, the situation we are currently living in is a state of fear and horror." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SANAA RESIDENT, AIDAROS AL-MEHTHAR, SAYING: "The country is in a big constitutional vacuum, and we would like the political and national powers to hold a national meeting which includes all the political groups in Yemen, with the aim of forming an urgent military council so the country does not fall into huge conflict." The Houthi leadership says it has no response to Hadi's resignation but is urging Yemenis to stage rallies in support of the Iran-backed Shia rebel group - who claim they only want to serve the Yemeni people.

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Explosions in Yemeni capital after Hadi resignation

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 01:24