Yemen's Shiite rebels fired tear gas and started shooting in the air to disperse a demonstration against them in a central city, killing one person.

Thousands marched in the streets of Bayda on Thursday to denounce the power grab by the rebels known as the Houthis.

A medical official says rebel militiamen opened fire on the crowd, killing one person and wounding seven. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The Houthis last year descended from their northern stronghold, seized control of the capital, Sanaa, disbanded the parliament and declared last month that they have taken over the country.

Embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has fled to the southern city of Aden where he has set up a base.