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Saleh Seeks New Page With Saudi-Led Coalition as Yemen Clashes Rage

03 December 2017, 12:53 | Rufus Hill

The UAE denied that the al Barakah nuclear plant had been hit

The UAE denied that the al Barakah nuclear plant had been hit

"I call on our brothers in neighboring countries.to stop their aggression and lift the blockade", he said, "and we will turn the page". The coalition had also imposed a blockade on the country, allowing occasional humanitarian access, with the aim of reinstating the internationally recognised government of Mr Saleh's successor, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Saleh called for a joint ceasefire to be agreed on by his loyalists and the Houthi militia, after clashes entered their fourth day and hae resulted in the deaths of at least 80 people.

"Our country is under aggression and the Houthis are the cause of this aggression due to their practices", he said.

"We will deal with them in a positive way and what happened to Yemen is enough", he added.

Saleh's supporters managed on Saturday to seize control of several embassies and government buildings from the Houthis. There has been no official word on casualties but the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that dozens were killed and hundreds were wounded in the fighting.

The United Nations released a stern warning on Friday to the Saudi-led coalition of the catastrophic consequences associated with not fully lifting the blockade on Yemen, and UN leaders on Saturday issued a joint statement calling for the full lifting of the blockade. He fought six wars against the Huthis when he was president, but joined forces with them to take over the capital in 2014.

For coalition, former president betrayed Arabs by joining Huthi, a militia that emerged at end of last century to improve living conditions of ZaydĂ­ minority (a branch of Shi'a Islam that follows one-third of Yemenis) and that Saudi Arabia considers an Inst Rumeno of his rival Iran.

In a statement carried by the Saudi-owned Al-Hadath channel, the coalition said it was "confident of the will of the leaders and sons" of Saleh's GPC party to return to Arab fold. "The priority has been and still is to confront the forces of aggression".

He also accused the Houthis of "terrorizing" civilians.

However, in a statement, Saleh's party, the GPC, ordered their supporters to defy Houthi's orders and to "defend their homeland, their revolution, and their unity".

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

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.

Saudi Arabia had late Thursday night intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from war-torn Yemen, state media reported.



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