Houthi rebels killed in N.Yemen clashes: Army

Saul Bowman
December 3, 2017

The offer came as clashes between Saleh loyalists and rebel fighters intensified in Sana'a.

The Houthi group leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, had earlier appealed to Mr Saleh to avoid any escalation, saying that the crisis would only serve Yemen's enemies.

Yemen's war has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015, displaced more than two million people, caused a cholera outbreak infecting almost one million people and led the country on the brink of starvation. Hadi ran uncontested, won a landslide victory and was expected to resign two years later, but failed to do so amid increasing pressure from the Houthi rebels.

The missile attacks, which could further escalate the coalition's military campaign, underscore how the raging Yemen conflict is increasingly spilling across the border, threatening Saudi towns and villages.

"I call on our brothers in neighboring countries.to stop their aggression and lift the blockade. and we will turn the page", the former president said in a televised speech.

The Qatari regime had been attempting since Friday to mediate a rapprochement between the Houthi militias and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces, an informed source told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday.

"We vow to our brothers and neighbours that, after a ceasefire is in place and the blockade is lifted. we will hold dialogue directly through the legitimate authority represented by our parliament", he said.

"Saleh's speech is a coup against our alliance and partnership. and exposed the deception of those who claim to stand against aggression", he said, according to Al Masirah TV. His support has dwindled over the past two years, so his potential decision to break up with the Houthis would not result in a quick end to the war. Moreover, Yemen, which was already poorest country in Middle East, is on brink of starvation, with three-quarters of its 28 million people dependent on humanitarian aid. "Riyadh is facing serious financial difficulties".

The war in Yemen, the poorest country of the Arab world, is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of our times.

The civil war has left 10,000 dead, displaced to two million people and caused an epidemic of cholera that has affected almost anor million. The civilian suffering was exacerbated by the Saudi naval and air blockade of Yemen, human rights groups say.

Shortly before, military and tribal forces loyal to Expresident had taken control of Radio Television, most of ministries and global Airport of Sana'a, as verified by a collaborator of El PAÍS in that city.

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