- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Authorities say Shiite rebels have arrested Yemen’s defense minister.

The Shiite rebels and officials loyal to embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi both say that Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mahmoud al-Subaihi was arrested with his top aide.

They say the minister was captured while fighting the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in Yemen’s southern Lahj provinces.

The arrest comes as Hadi fled his palace in Aden for an undisclosed location Wednesday.

The Shiite rebels earlier seized a major air base only 60 kilometers (35 miles) away from Aden, the port city where Hadi had established a temporary capital.

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