Shiite rebels seize presidential palace in Yemeni capital 

SANAA, Yemen: A Yemeni army commander says Shiite Houthi rebels have seized the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa, a move he described as a “coup.”

Col. Saleh al-Jamalani, the commander of the Presidential Protection Force that guards embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, says the rebels swept into the presidential palace on Tuesday afternoon.

He told The Associated Press that the rebels were aided by insiders and are looting arm depots on the palace grounds.

Hadi was not at the presidential palace during the takeover but at his residence.



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