Yemen's Hadi 'in critical health': Ex-minister

SANAA (AA) – Yemen's resigned President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi is in "critical" health condition, former Information Minister Nadia al-Saqqaf said Monday.

"The Houthis refuse to lift the siege on Hadi until they reach a political agreement with the parties – even if he dies due to his critical health condition," al-Saqqaf wrote on Twitter.

Hadi has remained under house arrest by Yemen's Shiite Houthi group since his resignation last month.

Earlier Monday, UN envoy Jamal Benomar said that Hadi's residence was besieged by armed Houthi fighters. He gave no word, however, about the state of the resigned leader's health.

Hadi and his government resigned last month after the Houthi group seized control of Sanaa's presidential compound following clashes with army troops.

Earlier this month, the Houthi leadership issued a "constitutional declaration" dissolving parliament and establishing a transitional "national council" in its place.

Yemen has remained in turmoil since a popular uprising in 2011 forced longstanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down one year later.

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