Yemen rebel leader Ali Abdullah Saleh seeks dialogue amid escalating violence

Marie Harrington
December 3, 2017

"I call on brors of neighboring countries and coalition, to stop ir attacks, to lift blockade, to open airports and to allow entry of food aid and medicines, in return we will pass page (.)" And we will deal with m in a positive way, said Saleh in a televised intervention.

After the clashes in August, both sides tried to calm the situation because they usually fight on the same side against the pro-government forces and the Saudi-led coalition, so things between them were quiet until Wednesday. Together these groups have been fighting against the Saudi-backed forces of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi since 2015.

The fighting subsided by the afternoon as Saleh supporters secured control.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said Saturday that the recent military campaign of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against the Houthi rebels would benefit the Yemeni people.

The coalition has been fighting to defeat the Iran-backed Houthis along with Mr Saleh's forces in Yemen since March 2015.

Thursday night's violence in Sanaa came 24 hours after clashes at the Saleh Mosque in the capital killed nine Houthi rebels and five Saleh supporters.

Saleh went on to denounce the Houthi militia, which he accuses of being responsible for the humanitarian disaster inside the country, and he insisted that the Yemeni people are standing up for themselves to get rid of them.

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The Saudi-led coalition responded to Saleh's statement saying that it recognised the efforts of his General People's Congress (GPC) political party to rid Yemen of the evils of "sectarian terrorist militias", Saudi state media reported. The country has since fallen into chaos and Mr Saleh later joined the Houthis to drive Mr Hadi out of the capital in 2014.

Saleh agreed to leave presidency in 2012, n 33 years in front of Yemen, after months of popular protests and global pressure (including that of its neighbours) to prevent anor civil war being unleashed as in Libya or Syria.

For his part, leader of Huthi, Abdul Malik al-Huthi, has described Saleh's attitude as "sedition" and has been prepared for tribal arbitration, after warning that main beneficiary of this confrontation is Saudi coalition.

Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, founder of the Houthi movement, was killed by Saleh government forces in 2004.

For his part, Houthi leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi called on Saleh to end what he called "the sectarian strife" that he has instigated, and threatened to take action against his supporters militarily if he does not.

The GPC appealed to the army and security forces to remain neutral in the conflict.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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