Yemen president’s residence shelled

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Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Shiite Houthi rebels have shelled the residence of the country’s president and also swept into the presidential palace in the capital, according to the country’s information minister.

The minister, Nadia al-Sakkaf, posted on her Twitter account that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi home in downtown Sanaa has come under “heavy shelling since 3:00 PM by armed forces positioned over rooftops facing his house”.

Mr Hadi is believed to be inside the house.

The shelling is a dramatic escalation in the violence that has gripped Sanaa since yesterday and which has been described as a coup.

Ms Al-Sakkaf’s posting came as a Yemeni army commander said the rebels have also raided the presidential palace, where Mr Hadi’s office is, and are looting its weapons depot.

Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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