Pro-government protesters shout slogans after performing Friday prayers during a rally in Sanaa September 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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Supporters of the Yemeni government and its opponents held huge rival rallies Friday in Sanaa, where tensions escalated as Shiite Houthi rebels vowed to step up anti-government protests.Outside the capital, clashes between Houthi rebels and loyalist tribes backed by government forces have killed at least 22 people since Thursday, tribal sources said.Tens of thousands of Shiite rebels, also known as Zaidis or Ansarullah, gathered with supporters for the weekly Friday prayers along the airport road, where they have been demonstrating for weeks.At the same time, supporters of the embattled government mobilized what appeared to be a much larger crowd for a rival rally and prayers on Sittin Street in western Sanaa.
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