Yemen Shiite rebels rout Islamist-allied general

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Yemen Shiite rebels rout Islamist-allied general
A Hawthi Shiite rebel holds his rifle while guarding a checkpoint on a street leading to the state television building in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the violence. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Security officials say a Yemeni Shiite militia has occupied the headquarters and house of a powerful army general allied to Sunni Islamists and is setting up checkpoints across the capital after sweeping across the city.

The Monday move against Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar consolidates the Hawthi rebels’ grip over Sanaa after a week of deadly battles. The group seized a series of key state buildings in Sanaa in recent days but later handed most over to the military police.

Al-Ahmar is currently on the run, officials say, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

On Sunday, Hawthis signed a deal that gave them unprecedented influence in the presidency and over the Cabinet.


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