Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, fire into the air to disperse protesters, detain 11



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SANAA, Yemen — Rebels occupying Yemen's capital dispersed a handful of demonstrators protesting against them on Sunday, firing automatic rifles into the air, breaking journalists' cameras and scuffling with the crowd while detaining 11 people.

The march comes a day after much larger rallies across the country that involved tens of thousands of people opposing the rebels, known as Houthis, amid a power vacuum in a country that is home to what Washington describes as al-Qaida's most dangerous offshoot.

At another protest on Sunday in Sanaa, around 200 demonstrators gathered in Change Square for a march toward the presidential palace. The square was the birthplace of Yemen's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh.

State news agency SABA reported that parliament postponed a meeting which had been scheduled for Sunday to decide on whether to accept the resignation of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who quit as president Thursday along with his Cabinet. Hadi remains at his private residence.

Elsewhere In the capital, a car bomb exploded, injuring 5 people including one seriously, security officials said. They added that the Houthis had surrounded the headquarters of the country's air force, preventing its top officer from entering. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Meanwhile, U.N. envoy Jamal Benomar was in Sanaa meeting with Houthi representatives, as well a variety of Yemeni political parties.

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