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UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting Sunday on situation in Yemen

The U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen.

The U.N. spokesperson's office in an email said the council will hold a closed session on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) for consultations on Yemen.

On Saturday, Yemen's Shiite rebels issued a call to arms to battle forces loyal to the country's embattled president. U.S. troops were evacuating a southern air base crucial to America's drone strike program after al-Qaida militants seized a nearby city.

The turmoil comes as Yemen battles al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the target of the drone program, and faces a purported affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for a series of suicide bombings killing at least 137 people Friday.