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Protests in Yemen escalate

Yemeni riot police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse Shiite Muslim Houthi protesters blocking the road between the capital and Yemen's main airport, in an escalation of weeks of protests.

Protests in Yemen escalate
A Yemeni Shiite Huthi follower prays as he takes part in a protest to block the road to Sanaa airport in Sanaa on September 7, 2014, in an attempt to widen an anti-government protest campaign. A Yemeni man was shot dead when police tried to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport as part of a protest campaign, demonstrators said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests in Yemen escalate
A young Yemeni Shiite Huthi follower gestures during clashes with riot police, after Huthi demonstrators blocked the road to Sanaa airport, in an attempt to widen their anti-government protest campaign in Sanaa on September 7, 2014. A Yemeni man was shot dead when police tried to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport as part of a protest campaign, demonstrators said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests in Yemen escalate
A Yemeni Shiite Huthi follower gestures during clashes with riot police, after Huthi demonstrators blocked the road to Sanaa airport, in an attempt to widen their anti-government protest campaign in Sanaa on September 7, 2014. A Yemeni man was shot dead when police tried to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport as part of a protest campaign, demonstrators said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests in Yemen escalate
A Yemeni solider and Shiite Huthi follower gestures as he takes part in a protest to block the road to Sanaa airport in Sanaa on September 7, 2014, in an attempt to widen an anti-government protest campaign. A Yemeni man was shot dead when police tried to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport as part of a protest campaign, demonstrators said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests in Yemen escalate
Yemeni Shiite Huthi followers gesture and chant slogans during clashes with riot police, after Huthi demonstrators blocked the road to Sanaa airport, in an attempt to widen their anti-government protest campaign in Sanaa on September 7, 2014. A Yemeni man was shot dead when police tried to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport as part of a protest campaign, demonstrators said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests in Yemen escalate
Two Yemeni soldiers and Shiite Huthi followers gesture as they take part in a protest to block the road to Sanaa airport in Sanaa on September 7, 2014, in an attempt to widen an anti-government protest campaign. A Yemeni man was shot dead when police tried to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport as part of a protest campaign, demonstrators said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests in Yemen escalate
Shiite Huthi rebels erect a tent during a protest to block the road to Sanaa airport in Sanaa on September 7, 2014, in an attempt to widen an anti-government protest campaign. A Yemeni man was shot dead when police tried to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport as part of a protest campaign, demonstrators said. (AFP/Getty Images)