Yemen's empowered Shiite rebels attacked the home of a rival Islamist politician south of the capital on Saturday, setting off clashes that left 12 people dead, security officials said, adding that the politician was not home at the time.
Instability in Yemen, where Shiite rebels overran the capital last week, threatens regional security, interior ministers of the Sunni-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council said after an emergency meeting on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama`s top counter-terrorism advisor called President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Wednesday to condemn Shiite rebels the Yemeni leader says have brought his country to the brink of civil war.
In a stunning sweep of the Yemeni capital, the country's Shiite rebels seized homes, offices and military bases of their Sunni foes, forcing many into hiding and triggering an exodus of civilians from the city after a week of fighting that left 340 people dead.
Shiite rebels held position Monday around key government offices and army bases in the Yemeni capital which they captured without resistance just hours before the signing a UN-brokered peace agreement.
Fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by troops killed nearly 40 people outside Sanaa on Thursday, as the UN envoy huddled in the rebel stronghold to try to end Yemen's political crisis.
Yemen's president is expected to appoint a new prime minister within 48 hours under a new deal with Shiite rebels in return for ending their weeks-long protests, a source close to the presidency said today.
Yemeni security forces on Sunday moved to break up a sit-in held by Shiite rebels blocking the capital's airport road, using water cannons, bulldozers and tear gas, security officials and witnesses said.