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Yemen Shiite rebels rout Islamist-allied general


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Yemen Shiite rebels rout Islamist-allied general

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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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