Yemen's defense minister escapes Houthi-controled Sanaa

March 8, 2015 9:21 AM

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ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's defense minister has fled Houthi-controled Sanaa for Aden, officials said on Sunday, in a move expected to bolster President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in his power struggle with the Shi'ite Muslim group.

Yemen is caught in a stand-off between the Western-backed president and the Iran-backed Houthi clan, now the country's de facto rulers. The group seized the presidential palace in Sanaa in January and confined the president to his private residence.

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