A defaced poster of the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seen on the rubble of a house during a vigil marking one year since a Saudi-led air strike on a residential area in Sanaa, Yemen June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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The Yemeni government said Thursday that Shiite Houthi rebels must withdraw from all territory they have seized since 2014 and hand back control of state institutions ahead of any political settlement.Thursday residents of a village in central Yemen said Iran-backed Houthi fighters shot dead seven farmers while searching for the leader of a pro-government militia.There have been reports of Al-Qaeda militants joining pro-government and tribal fighters in battles against the Houthis in central Yemen.However, the Houthis also routinely characterize the militia forces opposed to them as Al-Qaeda militants and accuse the Arab-led coalition that backs the government of abetting AQAP's expansion, something the alliance denies.
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