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Sep 20, 2014 3:20 PM

Yemen sets curfew as fighting roils capital

The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Yemen's top security body has imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas in the capital, Sanaa, after Shiite rebels took over the state TV building amid heavy clashes.

The Supreme Security Commission said Saturday the curfew was being imposed in the north and west of the capital.

Mohammed Abdel-Salam, the spokesman of Shiite rebels known as Hawthis, said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page that his group took over the TV building after a heavy exchange of gunfire with troops guarding the building.

All three state TV networks went off the air, and witnesses say the building was on fire.

Days of clashes between Hawthi rebels and Sunni militiamen have left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee.


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