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Tensions Rise Within Yemen Rebels      08/20 11:41

   SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A long-simmering power struggle between Yemen's Shiite 
rebels and a former president has burst into the open, threatening to undermine 
their alliance against the internationally-recognized government and its 
Saudi-led backers.

   Armed men suspected of links to the rebels on Sunday tore up poster 
portraits of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son and one-time heir 
Ahmed in Sanaa, Yemen's capital.

   The vandalism took place in a part of the city where Saleh's Popular 
Conference party is due to hold celebrations on Thursday marking the 35th 
anniversary of its founding.

   Saleh has complained that the rebels, known as Houthis, have sidelined him 
and his loyalists, leaving them out of military and political decisions, and 
negotiations to end Yemen's civil war.


(KA)

 
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