Thousands of armed Shiite rebels in Yemen strengthened their positions in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday as they pressed their campaign to force the government to resign, AFP correspondents witnessed.

Ansarullah, or Huthi, activists used cranes to build walls around camped settlements across the city, where protest leaders have given the government a deadline of Friday to meet their demands.

In a bid to stem the crisis, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Wednesday called for dialogue with rebels and invited representatives to join a “unity government.” […]