An armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi rebel mans a checkpoint erected in the capital Sanaa, on October 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Shiite rebels who breezed into Sanaa unopposed last month are now widely thought to be moving to cement their grip by snatching a strategic strait and oil fields.First, the rebels who fought the central government for more than a decade are looking to take control of the nearby export terminal of Hudeida on the Red Sea, where they opened an office last week.The rebels, who are also known as Ansarullah, already had thousands of armed men in Hudeida, the official added.In the east of the country, the rebels are apparently eyeing Yemen's oil and gas reserves in Marib."But this plan faces resistance from tribes hostile to the Houthis, mainly the Abida and Murad tribes, who have mobilized their armed men," according to a tribal chief.He pointed out that the Abida and Murad were allies of tribes that fought the rebels during the past three months in Jawf province, north of Marib.
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