The U.S. and other Western nations closed their embassies here, as demonstrations swelled on the Yemeni capital’s streets on Wednesday amid mounting political tensions and fears of violence.

Thousands demonstrated both for and against the Houthi rebels who dissolved Yemen’s parliament and took over the government on Friday after their militants overran the capital in September. Protests spread to other cities and provinces, including the major central city of Taiz, said organizers.

In San’a, Houthi militants dispersed protesters opposing them and closed four squares that have drawn demonstrations in the past, said anti-Houthi protest organizers, who belong to a broad political coalition. These people said Houthi militants attacked and injured at least 40 protestors and detained dozens of them, taking them to an undisclosed location.

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