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Hundreds of thousands rally in Sana’a against Shiite rebels

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Last week Friday’s prayer for Houthi loyalist

By NY Staff

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group, in other part of the city Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen’s Shiite rebels rallied Friday in Sanaa to press for the government to step down.

In the Friday demonstrations in support of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, protesters packed Change Square in the capital Sanaa and carried banners reading “For the sake of Yemen unity.” Nearly 10 kilometers (six miles) away, supporters of the Shiite Hawthi group expanded their sit-in alongside the main airport road.

The UN Security Council called on the rebels to end their armed uprising and warned of sanctions.

Hadi has offered to reshuffle the cabinet and carry out other reforms in exchange for the Hawthis ending their sit-in, while critics of the militant group say it is using demonstrations to conceal a power grab.