Fierce fighting between troops and Shia Houthi rebels has erupted in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, with the presidential palace and PM’s convoy attacked.
Prime Minister Khaled Bahah’s motorcade was shot at after he left a meeting with the president, though no-one was hurt, the information minister said.
At least two people have been killed and 14 wounded, medical sources said.
Clashes began early on Monday in one of the most serious challenges to the government for months.
The rebels overran Sanaa last year before signing a UN-backed deal.
Under the agreement with President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, the Houthis pledged to withdraw from the capital once a new unity government was formed.
However, the rebels have remained in place and since expanded their presence in mainly Sunni central and western parts of the country.
‘Step toward a coup’
Heavy gunfire and explosions were reported near the presidential compound and the residence of the national security chief in the early hours of the morning.
Columns of black smoke rose over the palace as soldiers and Houthi fighters fired heavy machine-guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars at each other’s positions.