Houthi rebel fighters are seen outside of the residence of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa on December 4, 2017. AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Yemen's communications ministry, which had been run by partisans of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh until his killing on Monday, is now firmly under the control of the Houthi rebels, and they have been tightening their grip on all institutions.Ministry employees not affiliated to the Iran-backed rebels said they were no longer welcome at work.The Beirut-based Social Media Exchange (SMEX), which advocates for digital rights across the Arab World, said the rebels completely shut down the internet on Thursday night and access remains difficult nationwide.Over the past week, two Sanaa-based television stations have come under assault: Houthis attacked the Yemen Today station of their former allies, detaining 41 journalists and staff, and the Saudi-led coalition bombed the rebel-held national broadcaster on Saturday, killing four guards.
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