Yemeni officials dispute reports of president being held captive

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Yemeni officials are disputing reports Wednesday that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is being held captive in his home after Shiite Houthi forces shelled the residence a day earlier.

Hadi “cannot leave his house” after Houthi rebels removed his guards and deployed their own fighters there Wednesday in the capital of Sana’a, one aide told The Associated Press.

But a Yemeni official told Fox News that the Houthi rebels are standing “side to side” with the president’s own corps of guards, and are “protecting him,” not menacing him.

“He is not detained,” the source said of Hadi. “If he needs to attend meetings in the palace or the presidential areas, he can move freely.”

The official also said Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, who is reported to have fled his house for a “safe place,” also remains in his post.

“No one has called for the Cabinet or the state to dissolve,” a senior Yemeni official told Fox News. “We are working out a political resolution and expect a breakthrough soon – maybe tonight or tomorrow. We are not headed toward armed conflict, as we might have been two days ago.”

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