Houthi Rebels Overrun Yemen Presidential Palace
Houthi rebels stormed the presidential palace and shelled the president's home a day after a ceasefire was called with the Yemeni government.By Christian Bryant | January 20, 2015
U.S. Navy warships have reportedly moved into position to evacuate the American embassy in Yemen Tuesday after Shiite Houthi rebels took over the presidential palace.
Tuesday's raid comes just one day after government forces and rebel fighters signed a ceasefire. The BBC reports Houthi fighters also shelled the Yemeni president's home inside the city of Sanaa. Then the Houthi leader went on TV to outline his demands and deny he was executing a coup.
The Houthi fighters and Yemen's government have been locked in a power struggle since September, but things descended into further chaos when the two factions couldn't agree on a power-sharing deal. The rebels later abducted the Prime Minister's chief of staff to disrupt a meeting on the country's draft constitution, which the Houthis oppose. (Video via Al Jazeera)