Yemen's Houthis: a force of growing influence

September 22, 2014 1:38 PM

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Yemen's Houthis: a force of growing influence

SANAA: Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels, who signed a UN-brokered peace deal Sunday after seizing key institutions, only recently began extending their influence beyond their northern highland stronghold.

The rebels belong to the Zaidi sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam which makes up approximately a third of the Sunni-majority country's population.

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