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Tribesmen shout slogans as they ride on the back of a truck during a tribal gathering held to show support to the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen November 10, 2016. (File photo: Reuters)

Taiz, Aden- Yemeni cities are undergoing a national rage due to delayed salaries in the past three months by the Houthis, which are accused by the Yemeni government of robbing billions from the Central Bank of Yemen before being transferred into the temporary capital Aden.

Local sources and witnesses in Sana’a told Asharq al-Awsat that Houthis suppressed the protests sparked to demand the delivery of delayed salaries. Moreover, Houthis and pro-coup academics assaulted members in the Yemeni Teaching Union Coordinating Council in Sanaa University.

The assault coincided with intensive meetings held by academics in Sanaa University to consider protests escalation due to collapsing economic conditions since months. Academics accused the University President Fawzi al-Sagher, appointed by the Houthis, of reaching the meeting hall accompanied with armed people.

However, Sanaa University’s Vice President Dr. Mohammed Shoukri resigned after Houthi militias assaulted his colleagues in the Yemeni Teaching Union Coordinating Council.

Abdullah Abu al-Ghaith, representative of academics in Sanaa University, told Asharq al-Awsat that the assault took place in the presence of the university president who stood still and did not give orders to his accompanying armed people to arrest the offender.

Ghaith added that this is a proof that Houthis reached a deadlock in districts ruled by them—their actions mean that they failed to face these protests with reasonable excuses.

Teaching unions in the nine public universities started on Thursday a unified protest to demand their delayed salaries.

Since rebelling over the authority, Houthis militias and supporters of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been intimidating parties and organizations in Sana’a and other districts.