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Thousands in Yemen denounce US at rally to support ex-president, Shiite rebels

  • Nov. 6, 2014 - Supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh express their rejection of U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller during a meeting of Saleh's General People's Congress party in Sanaa, Yemen. Backers of the deposed president on Wednesday accused the ambassador of threatening Saleh with international sanctions if he didn't leave the country by Friday, an allegation American officials later denied. Arabic writing on the banner at left reads, "We demand an apology from the U.S ambassador to Yemeni people and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh."

    Nov. 6, 2014 - Supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh express their rejection of U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller during a meeting of Saleh's General People's Congress party in Sanaa, Yemen. Backers of the deposed president on Wednesday accused the ambassador of threatening Saleh with international sanctions if he didn't leave the country by Friday, an allegation American officials later denied. Arabic writing on the banner at left reads, "We demand an apology from the U.S ambassador to Yemeni people and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh."  (AP)

  • Nov. 6, 2014 - Yemeni security members stand guard during a meeting of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party in Sanaa, Yemen.  . Backers of Yemen's deposed president  on Wednesday accused U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller of threatening Saleh with international sanctions if he didn't leave the country by Friday, an allegation American officials later denied.

    Nov. 6, 2014 - Yemeni security members stand guard during a meeting of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party in Sanaa, Yemen. . Backers of Yemen's deposed president on Wednesday accused U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller of threatening Saleh with international sanctions if he didn't leave the country by Friday, an allegation American officials later denied.  (AP)

Thousands of supporters of Yemen's ousted president and Shiite rebels who have overrun the country's capital are rallying in Sanaa, denouncing what they claim to be American "interference" in Yemen's affairs.

The demonstration comes in the countdown to a Friday night deadline at the U.N. Security Council for member states to raise objections to imposing sanctions on Yemen's ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh and two key Shiite Houthi rebel figures.

The three are blamed for orchestrating Yemen's current unrest. All 15 Security Council members must approve sanctions for them to take effect.

The protesters in Sanaa — in much smaller numbers than usual — carried posters urging the U.S. ambassador to get out of the country.

The anti-American Houthis are widely suspected of having strong ties to Shiite powerhouse Iran.