A police trooper walks past armoured U.S. embassy cars, seized by Houthi rebels, at Sanaa airport February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that Yemen was falling apart and called for action to avert chaos, as Al-Qaeda fighters overran an army camp and seized heavy weaponry.Long on the front line of the war against Al-Qaeda, Yemen has descended into chaos since Shiite militiamen, known as Houthis, seized Sanaa in September and ousted the government last week.U.N. special envoy for Yemen Jamal Benomar told the Security Council via video link from Sanaa that the country was "at a crossroad".While Marines at the embassy departed, officials stressed there were still U.S. special forces on the ground to carry on the fight.Seven people died Thursday in clashes as Al-Qaeda fighters seized the camp of the 19th Infantry Brigade in Baihan, in southern Shabwa province, and captured a large quantity of armor and heavy weaponry.AQAP said the soldiers had surrendered and that six troops were released following tribal mediation.
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