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Hadi calls on Yemenis to rise up against Houthis after Saleh's death

Hadi calls on Yemenis to rise up against Houthis after Saleh's death Hadi calls on Yemenis to rise up against Houthis after Saleh's death
Lisa Bryan | 05 December, 2017, 02:51

As president of Yemen, Saleh had fought the Houthis in five conflicts between 2005 and 2012, before allying with them in 2014 after the Saudi-led coalition launched a military operation to restore the internationally-recognized president, Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, after the Houthis had deposed and arrested him.

"We ask civilians to remain at least 500 metres (yards) away from Huthi military vehicles and gatherings", it said. His death and the fighting between his supporters and the Houthis puts the civil war on an unpredictable path. Saleh allied with the Houthis in the years after he was ousted from power in 2011but their relations frayed in recent months. President Hadi has reportedly instructed his deputy, General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, to attack Sanaa from the south in concert with Saleh's forces.

"He was martyred in the defence of the republic", said Faiqa al-Sayyid, a GPC leader.

The ministry also said its forces had "taken over all the positions and strongholds of the treacherous militia in the capital, Sanna, and the surrounding areas, as well as other provinces in order to impose security".

SANAA: Yemen's Huthi rebels claimed on Monday that ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh had been killed as fighting shook the capital Sanaa following the collapse of his alliance with the insurgents. His brief turn against the Houthis and realignment with the Saudi-backed central government seemed to be part of a strategy by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the leaders of the United Arab Emirates to turn the tide of the war and isolate the rebels. But a dispute over control of Sanaa's biggest mosque on Wednesday triggered armed clashes.

Military and government sources said the army would advance on Sanaa from the east and northeast, with at least seven battalions ordered to move forward. He also called for the opening of the roads and crossings for relief boats to reach the city and for commercial traffic.


Saudi Arabia, accusing Iran of backing the rebels, intervened in Yemen on behalf of the government the following year. Saleh ruled Yemen for more than 30 years.

That dealt a serious blow to his already fragile alliance with rebel chief Abdul Malik al-Huthi. "But this is far from over - Saleh was an icon in Yemen for millions, and so his death will not go slowly or unanswered". He added, "The conspiracy of betrayal and treason failed, this black day for the forces of the aggression".

The conflict has pushed Yemen to the brink of mass starvation and triggered what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The coalition on Monday warned Yemeni civilians to avoid rebel areas.

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok tweeted. "This latest violence couldn't come at a worse time".

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