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Senior Yemeni Sunni leaders abducted by Shiite rebels

Yemeni Sunni Islamist party says over 120 members and leaders abducted by Shiite rebels

Senior Yemeni Sunni leaders abducted by Shiite rebels

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni Islamist Sunni political party says two of its senior leaders were among over a hundred members abducted by its rival -- the Shiite rebel group being targeted by a Saudi-led airstrike campaign to thwart its aggressive bid for power.

The Islah party, the Muslim Brotherhood's branch in Yemen, said in a statement Sunday that the rebels, known as Houthis, along with allied security forces loyal to the ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have carried out a number of overnight raids arresting leading members Mohammed Qahtan and Hassan al-Yaeri, along with more than 120 others.

Islah, a traditional power player in Yemen and a staunch rival of the Houthis, had declared its support for the Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign against the Houthis, now in its 11th day.

Updated : 2021-09-26 03:48 GMT+08:00