Thousands of Houthi supporters rallied in Sanaa on Tuesday as the rebels cemented their grip on the Yemeni capital after killing their former ally ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Following Saleh's death at the hands of Houthi fighters on Monday, fears had mounted of an uptick in the violence that has devastated the Arab world's poorest country over the past few years.
A night of heavy air strikes followed in Sanaa as well as skirmishes between the Houthis and Saleh's supporters in southern districts that had been loyal to the slain strongman.
But there was no repetition of the fierce fighting that had rocked the capital for the five previous nights.
A least 234 people have been killed and 400 wounded in those clashes, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday.
New checkpoints manned by rebels sprung up across Sanaa as their leaders hailed their control of the capital, rallying supporters and pledging that backers of Saleh were safe.
Houthi supporters massed in their thousands near the capital's international airport, shouting "Sanaa is free and the state still stands!" and "Yemenis are one!".
Rebel chiefs struck a conciliatory tone, meanwhile, declaring they were "ensuring the safety" of members of Saleh's General People's Congress party.
Senior Houthi official Saleh al-Sammad had announced "the end of security operations and the stabilisation of the situation" on Monday, saying he had ordered the security forces to "take steps against the saboteurs and all those who collaborated with them".
The rebels rallied their supporters in the capital Tuesday, pledging that backers of Saleh were safe despite his death.
Sanaa was awash with unconfirmed rumours of widespread arrests of suspected Saleh supporters in the army and the rebel government.
The former strongman retained the loyalty of some of the best equipped units of the army after he was forced to step down as president in 2012.
Saleh, who ruled Yemen for three decades, had joined forces with the Houthis in 2014 when they took control of large parts of the country, including the capital.
But that alliance unravelled over the past week as the former leader reached out to the Saudi-led coalition that has waged an air campaign against the Houthis since March 2015.
Air strikes pound Sanaa
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