Yemeni army soldiers look as tribesmen loyal to the Shiite Muslim Huthi movement gather in Haz, west of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on March 12, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
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Hundreds of Shiite Huthi rebels protested Sunday in northern Yemen and blocked a road leading into Amran city, a day after clashes with government forces left 12 people dead.Tension remained high after the rebels set up a protest tent in the middle of the road at the northern entrance to Amran, near an army checkpoint where their comrades clashed with security forces on Saturday. A presidential mediating committee has been sent to Amran to defuse tensions after the rebels brought in reinforcements from their northern strongholds and the army boosted its presence.The committee gave the rebels a 24-hour ultimatum, ending Monday morning, to remove the protest tent, open the road and pull out gunmen.
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