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Huthi chief threatens to seize oil-rich Yemen province

Members of the Shiite Huthi movement man a checkpoint in Sanaa on January 3, 2015The head of Yemen’s Shiite Huthi militia threatened Saturday to take control of the oil-rich Marib province, targeted by the group since it seized the capital and central areas three months ago. “If official authorities do not assume their responsibilities, (we) will act to support the honourable people of Marib,” Abdelmalek al-Huthi said in a televised address to supporters in Sanaa. Yemen has been dogged by instability since an uprising forced longtime strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in 2012, with Huthi rebels and Al-Qaeda seeking to fill the power vacuum. The Huthis, also known as Ansarullah, overran Sanaa unopposed in September and have since advanced into mainly Sunni parts of the country.

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