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A Hawthi protester, who was injured in clashes with Yemeni police, receives treatment at a hospital, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Yemeni police opened fire on Shiite Hawthi protesters marching toward the prime minister's office in the capital, Sanaa, killing several people and wounding many, officials said. Tensions have been escalating in the Yemeni capital, where the Hawthis have staged weeks-long anti-government demonstrations, often clashing with the police forces and demanding that the government resign and reinstate fuel subsidies. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Doctors treat a wounded Hawthi protester who was injured in clashes with Yemeni police, at a hospital, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Yemeni police opened fire on Shiite Hawthi protesters marching toward the prime minister's office in the capital, Sanaa, killing several people and wounding many, officials said. The Hawthi protest threatens to further destabilize volatile Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished country where authorities continue to battle militants led by the country's al-Qaida branch, considered by the U.S. to be the world's most dangerous offshoot of the terror group. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Hawthi protesters, who were injured in clashes with Yemeni police, receive treatment at a hospital, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Yemeni police opened fire on Shiite Hawthi protesters marching toward the prime minister's office in the capital, Sanaa, killing several people and wounding many, officials said. Tensions have been escalating in the Yemeni capital, where the Hawthis have staged weeks-long anti-government demonstrations, often clashing with the police forces and demanding that the government resign and reinstate fuel subsidies. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Hawthi protesters bring a fellow protester, who was injured in clashes with Yemeni police, to a hospital, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Yemeni police opened fire on Shiite Hawthi protesters marching toward the prime minister's office in the capital, Sanaa, killing several people and wounding many, officials said. The Hawthi protest threatens to further destabilize volatile Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished country where authorities continue to battle militants led by the country's al-Qaida branch, considered by the U.S. to be the world's most dangerous offshoot of the terror group. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
In this photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, left, speaks to members of the government and the parliament during a meeting in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet including the prime minister who led it for two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government protests across the country. (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry)
In this photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, members of the government and parliament attend a meeting chaired by Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi during a meeting in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet including the prime minister who led it for two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government protests across the country. (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry)
Hawthi protesters, who were injured in clashes with Yemeni police, receive treatment at a hospital, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Yemeni police opened fire on Shiite Hawthi protesters marching toward the prime minister's office in the capital, Sanaa, killing several people and wounding many, officials said. Tensions have been escalating in the Yemeni capital, where the Hawthis have staged weeks-long anti-government demonstrations, often clashing with the police forces and demanding that the government resign and reinstate fuel subsidies. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, from left, First Deputy Prime Minister and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheik Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah and UN Special Adviser on Yemen Jamal Benomar attend the closing of the so-called national dialogue talks in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. The long-running negotiations has brought delegates from across the country to draw up a blueprint for a new constitution under a transition plan in the wake of the country's 2011 uprising. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
A Yemeni protester chants slogans during a demonstration supporting Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in front of Egyptian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egypt's new president moved to assert his authority Saturday by naming a chief rival of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi as interim prime minister and holding crisis talks with security officials on efforts to reclaim control of the streets. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemeni pro-democracy protestors attend prayers during a rally to denounce terror attacks by Hawthi Shiite rebels in Amran, and show their support for Yemeni army in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemeni pro-democracy protestors shade themselves with umbrellas as they listen to Friday prayers during a rally to denounce terror attacks by Hawthi Shiite rebels in Amran, and show their support for Yemeni army in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemeni female protestors chant prayers during a rally to denounce terror attacks by Hawthi Shiite rebels in Amran, and show their support for Yemeni army in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemeni pro-democracy protestors chant slogans during a rally against an armed Shiite rebel group in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied on Friday in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies. (AP Photo/Nadia Abdullah)
SANA'A, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 12: Yemeni people attend the pro-government protest at Sittin square in Sana'a, Yemen, on September 12, 2014. Hundreds of protestors of the Yemen's Youth revolution movement have assembled with messages of 'unity' and 'stability' against the Houthis' increasingly frequent anti-government demonstrations and violent protests. (Photo by Sinan Yiter/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANAA, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 17: Yemen's Houthi protesters take rest inside their tent that located on the main road leading to Sanaa airport in Yemen on September 17, 2014. Yemen's Houthi protesters camped outside of the government buildings and blocked key roads in Sanaa to press for their demands. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANAA, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 17: Yemen's Houthi protesters take rest inside their tent that located on the main road leading to Sanaa airport in Yemen on September 17, 2014. Yemen's Houthi protesters camped outside of the government buildings and blocked key roads in Sanaa to press for their demands. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANAA, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 17: A Yemen's Houthi protester takes a rest inside his tent that located on the main road leading to Sanaa airport in Yemen on September 17, 2014. Yemen's Houthi protesters camped outside of the government buildings and blocked key roads in Sanaa to press for their demands. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANA'A, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 12: Yemeni women and children attend the pro-government protest at Sittin square in Sana'a, Yemen, on September 12, 2014. Hundreds of protestors of the Yemen's Youth revolution movement have assembled with messages of 'unity' and 'stability' against the Houthis' increasingly frequent anti-government demonstrations and violent protests. (Photo by Sinan Yiter/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANA'A, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 12: A Yemeni girl waves Yemeni flag and flashes victory sign during a pro-government protest at Sittin square in Sana'a, Yemen, on September 12, 2014. Hundreds of protestors of the Yemen's Youth revolution movement have assembled with messages of 'unity' and 'stability' against the Houthis' increasingly frequent anti-government demonstrations and violent protests. (Photo by Sinan Yiter/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANA'A, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 12: Yemeni girls shows drawings and flash victory sign during a pro-government protest at Sittin square in Sana'a, Yemen, on September 12, 2014. Hundreds of protestors of the Yemen's Youth revolution movement have assembled with messages of 'unity' and 'stability' against the Houthis' increasingly frequent anti-government demonstrations and violent protests. (Photo by Sinan Yiter/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANAA, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 11: A Yemen's Houthi protester hold his weapon during an anti-government protest in Es Sabaha district of capital Sanaa, Yemen on September 11, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi anti-government protester looks on during a tribal gathering at an anti-government protest camp in the northern outskirts of Sanaa on September 11, 2014. Yemen's president has offered to appoint a new prime minister within 48 hours under a potential deal with Shiite rebels in return for ending their protests, sources close to the presidency said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Yemeni Shiite Huthi demonstrator wears a mask to protect against tear gas during a demonstration outside the government headquarters in Sanaa on September 9, 2014. Yemeni police shot dead seven Shiite rebel activists who were attempting to storm the government headquarters in an escalation of demonstrations, a protest organiser said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
SANAA, YEMEN - SEPTEMBER 09: A wounded Yemen's Houthi protestor receives treatment in Mutevekkil Hospital after Yemeni riot police opened fire to disperse Houthi protesters walking Council of Ministers headquarters in Sanaa, Yemen on September 09, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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By AHMED AL-HAJ

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemen's prime minister resigned Sunday, the state news agency reported, following days of violence that left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee their homes.

The official SABA news agency gave no details on the move by Mohammed Salem Bassindwa, and it was not immediately clear if his resignation had been accepted by the president.

Bassindwa took office shortly after former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down in 2012. He has been in office since February 2012 and has since been the target of sharp criticism for his inability to deal with the country's pressing problems.

Clashes In Yemen Capital Suburb Kill At Least 20

The resignation came as Shiite rebels, known as Hawthis, took control of a key military base and Iman University on Sunday afternoon in the capital Sanaa, according to military officials. The university was seen as a bastion of Sunni hard-liners that is seen as a recruitment hub for militants.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters. There were no official casualty figures from Sunday's violence.

Hawthi rebels on Saturday captured the state television building.

The Hawthis have in recent months routed their Islamist foes in a series of battles in areas north of Sanaa, and have in recent days consolidated and expanded their grip on areas just to the north of the capital.

Their foes have traditionally been Islamist militias allied with the government or the fundamentalist Islah party. The Hawthis have been pressing for a change of government and what they see as a fair share of power.

The Defense Ministry and the General Staff issued a joint statement calling on military units in Sanaa and nearby areas to remain at their posts, be on high alert and safeguard their weapons and equipment.

On Saturday, the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, had signaled that an agreement was reached to halt the violence, and that preparations are underway to sign the accord.

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