September 25, 2021


Yemenis are mobilizing on social media in preparations for anticipated protests on Sunday against Houthi militias and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The hashtag "I am protesting" (or Ana nazel in Arabic) started gaining steam on Twitter over the weekend with many in the capital Sanaa saying they are preparing day long demonstrations against what they say is "occupation of our land and rights" by Houthi militia forces.

The online mobilization is being considered a first for anti-coup activists, who started their efforts early on Thursday.

The planned protests come after a 72-hour truce for conflict-riddled Yemen is expected to be announced soon, the UN envoy to Yemen said on Friday after talks with militia representatives.

Three months of negotiations in Kuwait earlier this year ended without a breakthrough, dashing hopes for an end to the war between Shiite Houthi militias and government forces that has gripped Yemen for more than 18 months.

On the battle front, internationally-recognised Yemen's army has announced the death of its most senior commander to be killed this year in the country's ongoing civil war.

In a statement, it said Maj-Gen. Abdul-Rab al-Shadadi was killed while leading an offensive against the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as the Houthis east of the capital Sanaa.

Three militia commanders fighting alongside the army of the internationally-recognized government were also killed.

It says all four were killed when a missile fired by the Houthis struck their position on Friday.