President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Yemen’s armed forces Thursday to “raise their level of vigilance” on the eve of the expiry of a rebel deadline for the government to quit.

However, Hadi also sent a delegation to Shiite Zaidi rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi in his Saada stronghold north of Sanaa to invite his group to talk and urge them to join a national unity government.

The rebel commander warned on Sunday that the authorities must address protesters’ grievances by the end of the week or face “legitimate action.” […]