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Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital Sanaa

Yemen’s Shiite rebels took over a key military base south of Sanaa where US advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces, officials said on Thursday.

Military officials said the Republican Guard camp captured Wednesday was used by American experts until 2012 to train local forces battling al-Qaida’s powerful Yemeni affiliate.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have seized a number of key military facilities in recent days, including the headquarters of the paramilitary special forces. Last week the rebels put President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a close US ally, and his Cabinet under house arrest, escalating a prolonged power struggle.

The officials resigned in response, and Prime Minister Khaled Baha said today his resignation was “irreversible” according to a statement posted on his Facebook account. Baha expressed his “extreme condemnation” over the Houthis’ “coup.”


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