Followers of the Shi'ite Houthi group brandish their weapons during a gathering near Sanaa August 20, 2014.REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Thousands of armed Shiite rebels in Yemen strengthened their positions in the country's capital Sanaa 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.Rebel activists used cranes to build walls around protest camps across the capital, where protest leaders have given the government a deadline of Friday to meet their demands.The Zaidi rebels, known as Houthis from the name of their leading family, are strongly opposed to the government's plans for a six-region federation, demanding a single region for the northern highlands and a bigger share of power in the federal government.
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