Monday, 11 December, 2017

Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh

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Melissa Porter | 06 December, 2017, 17:56

The UN Security Council called Tuesday on all sides in war-torn Yemen to "de-escalate" and return to talks as the conflict there took an ominous turn with the killing of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

On Monday, Huthis killed Saleh, a former ally, and moved to consolidate their grip on Sanaa Tuesday after a night of heavy air strikes.

However, a spokesman of the Houthi movement told Sputnik that such a condition had not been announced.

The capital has been rocked by days of fighting between Houthis and Saleh's supporters in southern districts of Sanaa as Saudi coalition airstrikes pounded the city overnight, striking the rebel-held presidential palace at least seven times.

However, in late November, the tensions between the former allies escalated and resulted in clashes that have already claimed lives of hundreds of people, including the ex-president himself.

The GPC slammed the Houthis as "militias of treason and backstabbing" in an obituary for one of their top leaders.

Reports of widespread arrests of suspected Saleh supporters in the army and the rebel government also spread through Sanaa, confirmed by GPC vice-President and Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Bin Daghr, although not by the Houthis.

"There is no God but God and the martyr is a friend of God", they shouted in front of the Saleh mosque, the largest in the capital and named for the former president.

Saleh's death came two weeks after Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari's first official announcement of providing "advisory" support to Yemen.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, for his part, did not comment directly on Saleh's death and only made accusations against the Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen for its military operations, directing implicit threats to the coalition states.