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Conflict

A Rebel Takeover - 23 Jan 2015
Yemen has drifted deeper into political limbo after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country.

His resignation startled the Arabian Peninsula country of 25 million, where the Houthis emerged as the dominant faction by seizing Sanaa in September.

Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of turmoil and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants.
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January 23, 2015
Followers of the Houthi movement demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa January 23, 2015....
Sanaa, Yemen
Followers of Houthi movement demonstrate to show support to movement in Sanaa
Followers of the Houthi movement demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa January 23, 2015. Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance. Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of turmoil and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants. The banners read: "Allah is the greatest. Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, victory to Islam". REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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January 23, 2015
Army and police officers loyal to the Houthi movement shout slogans as they take part in a demonstration...
Sanaa, Yemen
Army and police officers loyal to the Houthi movement shout slogans as they take part in a demonstration...
Army and police officers loyal to the Houthi movement shout slogans as they take part in a demonstration to show support to the movement in Sanaa January 23, 2015. Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance. Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)
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January 23, 2015
Followers of the Houthi movement march as they demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa January...
Sanaa, Yemen
Followers of the Houthi movement march as they demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa
Followers of the Houthi movement march as they demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa January 23, 2015. Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance. Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 23, 2015
A Houthi fighter shouts slogans as he takes part in a demonstration to show support to the Houthi movement...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighter shouts slogans as he takes part in a demonstration to show support to the Houthi movement...
A Houthi fighter shouts slogans as he takes part in a demonstration to show support to the Houthi movement in Sanaa January 23, 2015. Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance. Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)
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January 23, 2015
Followers of the Houthi movement lower the body of a fellow man, killed during recent fighting against...
Sanaa, Yemen
Followers of the Houthi movement lower the body of a fellow man, killed during recent fighting against...
Followers of the Houthi movement lower the body of a fellow man, killed during recent fighting against presidential guard forces, to a grave in Sanaa January 23, 2015. Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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January 23, 2015
Children walk past a damaged vehicle at the site of an explosion in Sanaa January 23, 2015. Two improvised...
Aden, Yemen
Children walk past a damaged vehicle at the site of an explosion in Sanaa
Children walk past a damaged vehicle at the site of an explosion in Sanaa January 23, 2015. Two improvised explosive devices went off outside houses of Houthi families in Sanaa on Friday, but no casualties were reported, police said. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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January 22, 2015
Houthi fighters ride a truck near the presidential palace in Sanaa January 22, 2015. Yemen's Houthi rebels...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighters ride a truck near the presidential palace in Sanaa
Houthi fighters ride a truck near the presidential palace in Sanaa January 22, 2015. Yemen's Houthi rebels welcomed on Thursday proposed concessions by the government on power-sharing but their gunmen still held positions outside the residence of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who remains a virtual prisoner there. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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January 22, 2015
A poster of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, founder of the Shi'ite Houthi movement, hangs from on a monitoring...
Sanaa, Yemen
A poster of Badreddin al-Houthi, founder of the Shi'ite Houthi movement, hangs from on a monitoring post...
A poster of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, founder of the Shi'ite Houthi movement, hangs from on a monitoring post at the presidential palace in Sanaa January 22, 2015. A senior official of Yemen's Houthi movement said on Thursday that a statement by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi aimed at defusing a political crisis was acceptable because it confirmed the terms of a power-sharing agreement signed in September. Witnesses said Houthi fighters remained in position outside the presidential palace and Hadi's private residence, where the head of state actually lives. Hadi in his statement said the Houthis had agreed to remove their men from those places. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)
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January 22, 2015
A Houthi fighter (L) stops a member of the presidential guard wearing civilian clothes from entering...
Sanaa, Yemen
A Houthi fighter stops a member of the presidential guard wearing civilian clothes from entering the...
A Houthi fighter (L) stops a member of the presidential guard wearing civilian clothes from entering the presidential palace in Sanaa January 22, 2015. A senior official of Yemen's Houthi movement said on Thursday that a statement by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi aimed at defusing a political crisis was acceptable because it confirmed the terms of a power-sharing agreement signed in September. Witnesses said Houthi fighters remained in position outside the presidential palace and Hadi's private residence, where the head of state actually lives. Hadi in his statement said the Houthis had agreed to remove their men from those places. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 22, 2015
Houthi fighters, in military uniform, ride a truck near the presidential palace in Sanaa January 22,...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighters, in military uniform, ride a truck near the presidential palace in Sanaa
Houthi fighters, in military uniform, ride a truck near the presidential palace in Sanaa January 22, 2015. A senior official of Yemen's Houthi movement said on Thursday that a statement by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi aimed at defusing a political crisis was acceptable because it confirmed the terms of a power-sharing agreement signed in September. Witnesses said Houthi fighters remained in position outside the presidential palace and Hadi's private residence, where the head of state actually lives. Hadi in his statement said the Houthis had agreed to remove their men from those places. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)
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January 21, 2015
Houthi fighters ride a truck near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January 21, 2015. Yemen's minority...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighters ride a truck near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa
Houthi fighters ride a truck near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January 21, 2015. Yemen's minority Shi'ite Houthi fighters took up guard at President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's home on Wednesday but said they had not toppled him, after two days of fighting which left little doubt that the enfeebled leader was now at their mercy. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)
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January 21, 2015
Houthi fighters ride a truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa January 21, 2015. Yemen's minority Shi'ite...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighters ride a truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa
Houthi fighters ride a truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa January 21, 2015. Yemen's minority Shi'ite Houthi fighters took up guard at President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's home on Wednesday but said they had not toppled him, after two days of fighting which left little doubt that the enfeebled leader was now at their mercy. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 21, 2015
A Houthi fighter mans a checkpoint near the presidential palace in Sanaa January 21, 2015. Houthi fighters...
Sanaa, Yemen
A Houthi fighter mans a checkpoint near the presidential palace in Sanaa
A Houthi fighter mans a checkpoint near the presidential palace in Sanaa January 21, 2015. Houthi fighters battled guards at the Yemeni president's private home and entered his palace on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a turbulent campaign for more political power that has enfeebled state authority and thrown the Arab state deeper into turmoil. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)
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January 21, 2015
Members of the Yemeni presidential guards, wearing civilian clothes, leave the presidential palace with...
Sanaa, Yemen
Members of the Yemeni presidential guards, wearing civilian clothes, leave the presidential palace with...
Members of the Yemeni presidential guards, wearing civilian clothes, leave the presidential palace with their belongings in Sanaa January 21, 2015. Houthi fighters battled guards at the Yemeni president's private home and entered his palace on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a turbulent campaign for more political power that has enfeebled state authority and thrown the Arab state deeper into turmoil. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)
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January 20, 2015
Houthi fighters ride trucks at the entrance of a Presidential Guards barracks, which they took over on...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighters ride trucks at entrance of a Presidential Guards barracks, which they took over on mountain...
Houthi fighters ride trucks at the entrance of a Presidential Guards barracks, which they took over on a mountain overlooking the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January 20, 2015. Houthi fighters entered Yemen's presidential palace after a brief clash with the compound's security guards, witnesses and security sources told Reuters, a day after some of the worst battles in the capital in years. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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January 20, 2015
Houthi fighters stand near a damaged guard post at a Presidential Guards barracks they took over on a...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighters stand near a damaged guard post at a Presidential Guards barracks they took over on mountain...
Houthi fighters stand near a damaged guard post at a Presidential Guards barracks they took over on a mountain overlooking the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January 20, 2015. Houthi fighters entered Yemen's presidential palace after a brief clash with the compound's security guards, witnesses and security sources told Reuters, a day after some of the worst battles in the capital in years. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 19, 2015
Houthi fighters take up position on a street during clashes near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January...
Sanaa, Yemen
Houthi fighters take up position on a street during clashes near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa
Houthi fighters take up position on a street during clashes near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January 19, 2015. The Yemeni army and Houthi fighters clashed near the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa on Monday, a Reuters witness said, in the sharpest escalation of tensions since the Shi'ite Muslim movement took over the city in September. Gunfire and explosions were heard across the city and in close proximity to the palace of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the residence of the national security chief. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)
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January 19, 2015
A vehicle from the Presidential Protection Forces travels on a street near the Presidential Palace in...
Sanaa, Yemen
A vehicle from the Presidential Protection Forces travels on a street near the Presidential Palace in...
A vehicle from the Presidential Protection Forces travels on a street near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January 19, 2015. The Yemeni army and Houthi fighters clashed near the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa on Monday, a Reuters witness said, in the sharpest escalation of tensions since the Shi'ite Muslim movement took over the city in September. Gunfire and explosions were heard across the city and in close proximity to the palace of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the residence of the national security chief. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS)
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January 20, 2015
A Houthi fighter wears a traditional dagger (Jambiya) with a picture of a slain comrade on it as he poses...
Sanaa, Yemen
A Houthi fighter wears a traditional dagger with a picture of a slain comrade on it as he poses for a...
A Houthi fighter wears a traditional dagger (Jambiya) with a picture of a slain comrade on it as he poses for a photo outside a presidential guards barrack on a mountain overlooking the presidential palace in Sanaa January 20, 2015. Yemen's powerful Houthi movement fought artillery battles with the army near the presidential palace in Sanaa on Monday, surrounded the prime minister's residence and drew accusations they were mounting a coup. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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January 05, 2015
Members of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement stand outside a building belonging to the movement after...
Sanaa, Yemen
Members of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement stand outside a building belonging to the movement after...
Members of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement stand outside a building belonging to the movement after a blast, in Sanaa January 5, 2015. A large blast damaged a building belonging to Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia in a western district of the capital Sanaa early on Monday, but there were no fatalities, a police source and witnesses said. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS RELIGION)
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