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UN Council: Shiite rebels must remove Yemen camps

August 29, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is demanding that a Shiite rebel group remove protest camps from Yemen’s capital, expressing “grave concern” about the deteriorating security situation.

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied across the Arab world’s poorest country on Friday against the Hawthi group and its demands. The group has been holding mass protests in the capital with demands for a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.

The council on Friday adopted a presidential statement calling on the Hawthis to remove the protest camps from Sanaa, and noting their “escalating campaign to bring down the Government.”

The Hawthi protests have alarmed security authorities and prompted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to order the deployment of special forces to the capital.

Yemen is drafting a new constitution which should be followed by parliamentary elections.

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