Sep 22, 2014 7:21 AM
Yemen Shiite rebels rout Islamist-allied general
The Associated Press
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.