Witnesses say Houthis, military battle near Yemen's presidential palace as civilians flee

January 19, 2015 4:45 AM

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Witnesses say Houthis, military battle near Yemen's presidential palace as civilians flee

File-This Sept. 26, 2012, file photo shows Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, President of Yemen, as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. Witnesses say rebel Houthi militiamen are battling soldiers near Yemen's presidential palace. The status of President Hadi was not immediately clear.The battle began early Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Witnesses say they heard heavy machine gun fire and mortars falling in the neighborhood. Civilians in the area fled the fighting. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) (The Associated Press)

SANAA, Yemen – Witnesses say rebel Houthi militiamen are battling soldiers near Yemen's presidential palace. The status of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was not immediately clear.

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