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People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said.

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People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sana’a Airport, Yemen. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shia rebels. 

Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dance as they demonstrate to demand for a presidential election to be held and for him to run for presidency in Sanaa...Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dance as they demonstrate to demand for a presidential election to be held and for him to run for presidency in Sanaa March 13, 2015.

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Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dance as they demonstrate to demand for a presidential election to be held and for him to run for presidency in Sanaa on Friday

Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, gather at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier during a demonstration demanding presidential elections be held and the younger Saleh run for the office, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, gather at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier during a demonstration demanding presidential elections be held and the younger Saleh run for the office, in Sanaa, Yemen

Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, raise their rifles as they demonstrate in Sanaa, March 10, 2015. The supporters were demanding for presidential elections to be held and for Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for presidency.

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Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, raise their rifles as they demonstrate in Sanaa on Tuesday. The supporters were demanding for presidential elections to be held and for Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for presidency

Yemeni police gather at the damaged residence of the Iranian ambassador after a car bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. A massive car bomb exploded Wednesday morning in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, apparently targeting the home of the Iranian ambassador, Yemeni security officials said.

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Yemeni police gather at the damaged residence of the Iranian ambassador after a massive car bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday morning

A child sits amongst top high school students during an annual award ceremony organized by Yemen's Education Ministry in Sanaa November 24, 2014. Forty-seven highest-scoring graduates of high schools nationwide were honoured by the government on Monday, and awarded with medals and cash prizes.

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A child sits among school students at an annual ceremony organised by Yemen’s Education Ministry in Sanaa. About 47 of the highest-scoring graduates from schools nationwide were given medals and cash by the government on Monday.

Women walk past demolished huts set on fire at Taghyeer (Change) Square in Sanaa November 10, 2014. Authorities had deployed riot police and used bulldozers to demolish the huts set up by pro-democracy protesters when they had camped in the square to demand a regime change in 2011. These temporary shelters had not been removed from the square after protesters vacated it last year. It was not immediately apparent who had set the demolished huts on fire.

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Women walk past huts that have been destroyed by fire on Taghyeer Square in Sana’a, Yemen. Authorities deployed riot police and used bulldozers on Monday to demolish the huts which had been set up by pro-democracy protesters when they camped in the square to demand a regime change in 2011.

 A Yemeni woman wears buttons depicting Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh during a gathering to protest against foreign interferences, in Sana'a, Yemen, 07 November 2014. Reports state thousands of supporters of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh gathered in center Sana'a to protest against a US-backed move of the UN Security Council to impose a travel ban and assets freeze on Saleh due to his involvement in obstructing the country s transitional process. Recently, he has been accused of colluding with Shiite Houthi fighters in their military takeover of much of Yemen.

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A Yemeni woman wears buttons depicting Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh during a gathering to protest against foreign interferences, in Sanaa, Yemen

Motorcyclists take part in a protest against the Yemeni Government's decision to begin enforcing a long-standing motorbike ban, Sana a, Yemen, 23 October 2014. Reports state that amid increased insecurity resulting from a Houthi take over of the Yemeni capital 21 September and a string of attacks and assasinations carried out on senior army and security officials primarily utilising motorcylces as a form of transport the Yemeni Government has taken the decision to resume enforcing a ban on motorbikes.

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Motorcyclists take part in a protest against the Yemeni Government’s decision to begin enforcing a long-standing motorbike ban, Sanaa, Yemen

Shi'ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa...Shi'ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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Shi’ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa, Yemen

Shiite fighters seized control of the capital Sana a...epa04411989 Gunmen of the Shiite Houthi movement shout anti-Government slogans as they stand on a hill overlooking the capital  after they consolidated their foothold in Sana'a, Yemen, 22 September 2014. Reports state the Yemeni government and Shiite Houthi rebels on 21 September signed a UN-brokered ceasefire hours after Houthi insurgents captured major state institutions in the Arabian Peninsula country's worst crisis in three years.  The deal, including calls for an immediate ceasefire, the formation of a national unity government and economic reforms, was announced after four days of heavy fighting in Sana'a, pitting the Houthis against Sunni rivals backed by government forces.

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Gunmen of the Shia Houthi movement shout anti-Government slogans as they stand on a hill overlooking the capital after they consolidated their foothold in Sana’a, Yemen on Monday

A follower of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group carries his weapon on his shoulder as he attends an anti-government gathering in Arhab, north of Yemen's capital Sanaa

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A follower of the Shia Muslim Houthi group attends an anti-government gathering in Arhab, north of the capital of Yemen, Sana’a. The Houthis, who control much of the northern Saada province bordering Saudi Arabia, are trying to consolidate their power in the north as the country moves towards a federal system that gives more power to regional authorities.

Yemeni's pass burning tyres on a road during a protest against fuel price hikes in Sana'a, Yemen, 30 July 2014. According to media reports, the Yemeni government raised fuel prices on 30 July to reduce the burden on state subsidies following severe fuel shortage for more than five months.

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Yemeni’s pass burning tyres on a road during a protest against fuel price hikes in Sana’a, Yemen. The Yemeni government raised fuel prices on Wednesday to reduce the burden on state subsidies following severe fuel shortages

Graffiti campaign highlights concerns experienced by Yemenis...epaselect epa04282103 A Yemeni artist paints on a wall during a graffiti campaign expressing views on several social and political conflicts in Sanaía, Yemen, 25 June 2014. In response to social and political conflicts in Yemen right now, Yemeni artists and activists organized a graffiti campaign highlighting a set of concerns experienced by Yemenis, including civil wars, terrorism, child recruitment, sectarian wars, poverty, US drone war, corruption, spread of weapons and kidnapping.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

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An artist paints on a wall during a graffiti campaign on social and political conflicts in Sana’a, Yemen. The campaign highlights concerns experienced by Yemenis, including civil wars, terrorism, child recruitment, sectarian wars, poverty, US drone war, corruption, proliferation of weapons and kidnapping. 

African refugees live homelessly at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sana'a, Yemen, 20 June 2014. The number of African refugees who have come to Yemen during the past few years has reached 750,000, most of them are Somalis. World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year.

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Homeless African refugees gather at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sanaa, Yemen

Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against against Yemen's fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa...Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against against Yemen's fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa June 11, 2014.

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Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against Yemen‘s fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa

Students stand in line to cast their votes during the election of the Children's Parliament in Sanaa April 14, 2014. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election to vote for their candidates who will represent them in the Yemeni Children s Parliament, state news agency Saba reported.

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Students queue to cast their votes during the election for the Children’s Parliament in Sana’a. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election for representatives in the Yemeni Children’s Parliament.

A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a boy in an outskirt of the Yemeni capital Sanaa

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A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a boy on the outskirts of Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, on Monday.

Yemeni female followers of the Shiite Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana'a, Yemen, 23 January 2014. Reports state thousands of followers of the Shiite Houthi movement took to the streets to demand the dismissal of the government two days after unidentified gunmen killed Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, a representative of the Shiite Houthi movement in Yemen's national dialogue talks.

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Female followers of the Shia Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shia leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana’a, Yemen.

Protest against military action on Syria in Yemen...epa03843555 Yemeni Shiite men shout slogans and hold Syrian flags during a protest against a possible military action against Syria, in Sanaía, Yemen, 30 August 2013. The United States still seeks to form an international coalition to act against Syria, despite the rejection of military intervention by Britain's Parliament, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said 30 August. 'It is the goal of President Obama and our government that whatever decision is taken, that it be an international collaboration and effort,' he said in Manila, the last leg of his four-nation South-East Asian trip. Britain's parliament late on 29 August voted against a government motion to support military intervention in Syria, as the US mulls its response to last week's reports of chemical attacks on rebels by the Syrian government.

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Yemeni Shia men shout slogans and hold Syrian flags during a protest in Sanaia, Yemen against a possible military action against Syria. The US seeks to form an international coalition to act against Syria, despite the rejection of military intervention by Britain’s Parliament.