Houthi rebels killed in N.Yemen clashes: Army

03 December, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh addresses supporters in the capital Sanaa

Tension between Saleh and the Houthis has been rising in recent months.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Saturday it was confident that leaders of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress Party (GPC) would return to the Arab fold.

Saudi Arabia has been locked in a fight with the Houthi rebels since it joined the Yemen war in 2015.

The UN urged the coalition in a statement Saturday to "fully lift" the blockade on Yemen's red sea ports saying that partial lifting only "slows the collapse toward a massive humanitarian tragedy costing millions of lives".

He says a new page must be opened in relations (with Saudi Arabia) and neighborly ties restored, putting an end to all (the animosity) that has taken place and that amicable relations can resume once there is a cease-fire (with the Saudi-led coalition) and their blockade of Yemeni ports and airports is lifted. Violent clashes between rival factions in Yemen's rebel-held capital signal the disintegration of the rebel alliance at war with a Saudi-led coalition for almost three years.

Citing the restricted access to his country, Saleh said Saturday in a televised address on Yemen Today TV that he is open to talks with the Saudi-led coalition.

"Saleh's speech is a coup against our alliance and partnership, and exposed the deception of those who claim to stand against aggression", al-Houthi said in a statement made Al Masirah TV. The Sunni-ruled kingdom heads a military coalition allied with the internationally recognized government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi.




"It's been like a street war", they said, adding that ambulances have been ferrying the wounded to hospitals.

But Houthi rebels, his allies until this week, accused him of a "coup".

The two groups had been fighting the Hadi government for almost three years under an uneasy alliance.

The Saudi-led coalition welcomed Saleh's remarks.

"I appeal to the leader Saleh to show more wisdom and maturity. not to heed incitement calls, and help restore security to the country through cooperation", al-Houthi further said.

He also points up that Saleh's move represents a turning point in the situation inside the country, in which the tables have been turned against the Houthis, and the situation has returned to the status-quo prior to September 2014, when the Houthis seized chunks of the capital from former president Hadi.

The war in Yemen is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, killing at least 10,000 people and leading to widespread hunger and disease.

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