Armed Shi’ite rebels pushed into Yemen’s capital Sanaa after clashing with the army in the city’s northwest outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, in an escalation of weeks of fighting and protests.

Residents of northwest al-Shamlan district told Reuters the Shi’ite Houthi gunmen were now advancing along Thalatheen Street, a major route into the western edge of the city.

The fighting has further destabilized an impoverished country also struggling to overcome a secessionist movement in its south, the spread of an al Qaeda insurgency and other threats. […]