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Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shiite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war.

Dalea had been a bastion of southern secessionists in Yemen before the Houthis took widespread control of the city in March, after having seized the capital Sanaa in the north in September, toppling President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and then thrust into the center and south of the Arabian Peninsula country.

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