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Yemen Lawmakers Meet in Sana'a

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Soldiers patrol the vicinity of Yemen's parliament during its first session since a civil war began almost two years ago, in Sanaa, Yemen August 13, 2016.

Soldiers patrol the vicinity of Yemen's parliament during its first session since a civil war began almost two years ago, in Sanaa, Yemen August 13, 2016.

Yemen's Houthi rebels gathered members of parliament in Sana'a Saturday for the first time in two years, in an attempt at asserting their dominance over the internationally recognized government.

In a statement released on state media, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi condemned the session, which did not appear to have a quorum, calling it a "violation" of the constitution and warning that members of parliament present had committed a crime punishable by law.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition bombed a school in the Houthi-held Northern city of Sa'dah, killing at least 10 people people. Ten children were reported injured in the attack.

Hadi's government, which operates from the southern port city of Aden, has demanded that the Shi'ite rebels withdraw from all territory gained since hostilities erupted in September 2014, when Iran-backed Houthi fighters seized the capital, Sana'a, after years of allegations about government discrimination.

The United Nations suspended peace talks in the country last week, saying its peace envoy would negotiate separately with the two governments in the coming weeks before bringing them together.

The U.N. sponsored two rounds of peace talks last year, but those efforts collapsed in January after an outbreak of fierce combat that lasted for weeks.

Monitors say at least 6,500 people have been killed in the fighting, including more than 3,200 civilians.

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