Followers of the Shiite Houthi group brandish their weapons during a gathering near Sanaa August 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)
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Ansarullah, or Houthi, activists used cranes to build walls around camped settlements across the city, where protest leaders have given the government a deadline of Friday to meet their demands.In a bid to stem the crisis, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi Wednesday called for dialogue with rebels and invited representatives to join a "unity government". Shiite rebel commander Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said Sunday that the authorities must meet protesters' grievances by the end of the week or additional forms of "legitimate action" would take place.Houthi forces reached just outside Sanaa in July when they took over the city of Amran, although they later agreed to withdraw.
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