Декабря 13, 2017


Yemen's Saleh Calls for 'New Page' in Relations with Saudi-led Coalition

03 Декабря 2017, 12:33 | Bernice Figueroa

Illustrative A Houthi fighter inspects the site of an air strike in the Yemeni capital Sana’a

Illustrative A Houthi fighter inspects the site of an air strike in the Yemeni capital Sana’a

Earlier this month, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Iran of supplying Houthi rebels with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions.

Sanaa residents told Al Jazeera that armed men from Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) attacked Houthi-held government institutions, as clashes continued.

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

The fighting eased in the afternoon as Saleh supporters gained the upper hand, but intermittent gunfire was being heard. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

The coalition imposed a total blockade on Yemen after a rebel missile was shot down near Riyadh.

In his address, he also blamed Houthis for laying siege to the homes of several officials in the General People's Congress, which he leads, and "storming" a mosque named after him. He said his offer would require Riyadh to stop attacks on Yemen.

Saleh on Saturday said he was ready to turn a "new page" in relations with the Saudi-led coalition, which had intervened to place his successor back in power.

The Saudi-led coalition welcomed Saleh's change of stance.

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Mr Hadi, in a statement after a meeting with his advisors, also said he was ready to work with Mr Saleh against the Houthis.

The statement was issued after a meeting between Hadi and his advisers to form a broad national alliance in the face of the militias Houthi.

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

The coalition accuses non-Arab Iran of trying to expand its influence into Arab countries, including Yemen, which shares a long border with Saudi Arabia, by aligning themselves with the Houthis and Saleh. "The priority has been and still is to confront the forces of aggression".

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".

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".

Stressing that Yemen's interests lie in avoiding sedition, the Houthi leader called on citizens and tribal fighters to focus on the battle against the invading Saudi regime and stay away from any provocative acts.

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