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Shiite rebels hold Yemen president captive

Shiite rebels in control of Yemen’s capital now hold the country’s president “captive” at his home, his aides said on Wednesday, putting in question who actually rules the Arab world’s most-impoverished nation.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi “cannot leave his house” after Houthi rebels removed his guards and deployed their own fighters there today, one aide said.

Another described the country being at the “point of no return.” Hadi can’t resign as president as the Houthis have threatened to prosecute him, that aide said. The two aides spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorised to speak to journalists.

The embattled Hadi, a top US ally in the war against al-Qaida in Yemen, appears to have run out of options.
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