Yemeni supporters of Shiite rebels chant slogans during a rally in the capital Sanaa on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR
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Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels, who signed a UN-brokered peace deal Sunday after seizing key institutions, only recently began extending their influence beyond their northern highland stronghold.The north was a Zaidi imamate until a 1962 coup turned Yemen into a republic ruled by a government long considered illegitimate by the rebels.The rebels are now led by Hussein's brother, Abdulmalik al-Houthi.As an Arab Spring-inspired uprising against then president Ali Abdullah Saleh swept through Yemen in 2011, the Houthis reached out to the opposition in Sanaa and joined protest camps there.The rebels rejected the new government and repeatedly accused it of corruption.
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