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Thousands of armed rebels flood Yemen capital

Yemeni protesters march during a demonstration organized by the Shiite Huthi movement to demand the government to rescind a decision to curb fuel subsidies on August 20, 2014, some 10 kilometres (six miles) from Sanaa International AirportThousands of armed Shiite rebels in Yemen strengthened their positions in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday as they pressed their campaign to force the government to resign, AFP correspondents witnessed. The rebels have been fighting an off-conflict with government troops in the northern mountains for the past decade but analysts warned their bid for a greater share of power in a promised new federal Yemen was creating a potentially explosive situation. The Zaidi Shiites are the minority community in mainly Sunni Yemen but they form the majority in the northern highlands, including the Sanaa region. In a bid to stem the crisis, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi called for dialogue with the rebels and invited representatives to join a “unity government”.

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