Houthi shiite rebels chant slogans during a protest near the site of a suicide bombing in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Abdullrhman Huwais)
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Yemeni rebels have seized a major port city to add to their fast-expanding territory, just hours after a new premier was named in a bid to resolve the political crisis.The Houthi Shiite rebels met little resistance as they overran Hudeida late Monday, taking control of Yemen's second most important seaport, a security official said. Military and rebel sources confirmed that Houthi militants were seen deployed across main roads in the city, which is home to more than two million people.The takeover came just weeks after the rebels swept into the capital Sanaa, 226 kilometres (140 miles) to the east.Rebels and militants have been battling to exploit a power vacuum in Yemen, which is located next to oil-rich Saudi Arabia and key shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden.The rebels, who are traditionally based in the north, have been battling troops in recent months as part of their bid to spread their control across the country.
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