Supporters of the Shiite Houthi militia brandish their weapons in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on April 5, 2015, during a demonstration against Saudi-led coalition’s Operation Decisive Storm against the Houthi rebels. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Yemeni Shiite rebels, making an aggressive bid for power in the impoverished Gulf state, arrested more than a hundred members from a rival Islamist Sunni political party, including two leaders, the party said in a statement Sunday.The Saudi-led campaign in its 11th day aims to thwart the advances of the rebels, who took over the capital Sanaa in September and eventually forced President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi to flee to Aden, Yemen's second largest city in the south, after putting him under house arrest.Hadi has since fled to Saudi Arabia, and the coalition campaign has yet to stop the rebels' push to take control of the south. Local activist Maha el-Sayed said at least six fighters loyal to Hadi were killed in fierce clashes overnight, and 20 were wounded, including three children. She said the Hadi fighters also damaged three tanks used by the rebels and allied forces.
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