The rise of the Houthis
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The rise of the Houthis

21 March 2015 Last updated at 15:29 GMT

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A rebel group from northern Yemen has taken over the capital and drastically changed Yemen's political landscape. Engaged in a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Houthis have brought Yemen to the brink of collapse.

But who are Yemen's Houthis? What do they want? How have they come to take control of huge parts of the country? Safa Al-Ahmad from BBC Arabic has spent three months following the Houthis and also got extraordinary access to their arch-enemies, the Sunni tribal leaders and other fighters loyal to al-Qaeda.