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Battle of Sana'a (2014)

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Fighting rages in battle in central Yemen

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Yemen govt forces reclaim territory from Houthi rebels

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Fighting continues near Marib in war-torn Yemen

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Yemen: Devastation following Saudi-led coalition strikes in capital city Sana'a

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Forces loyal to Yemen govt reclaim territory

The Battle of Sana'a in 2014 marked the advance of the Houthis into Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, and heralded the beginning of the armed takeover of the government that unfolded over the following months. Fighting began on 9 September 2014, when pro-Houthi protesters under the command of Abdul-Malik al-Houthi marched on the cabinet office and were fired upon by security forces, leaving seven dead. The clashes escalated on 18 September, when 40 were killed in an armed confrontation between the Houthis led by military commander Mohammed Ali al-Houthi and supporters of the Sunni hardliner Islah Party when the Houthis tried to seize Yemen TV, and 19 September, with more than 60 killed in clashes between Houthi fighters and the military and police in northern Sana'a. By 21 September, the Houthis captured the government headquarters, marking the fall of Sana'a.
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  • Background 

  • Houthis storm Sana'a 

  • Government bows to pressure 

  • Aftermath