Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition welcomes Saleh talks offer

Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition welcomes Saleh talks offer

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

"Such behaviors are unjustifiable", al-Houthi said on Saturday in response to measures taken by supporters of Saleh, the head of Yemeni General People's Congress (GPC) party, against the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

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.

The UN urged the coalition in a statement Saturday to "fully lift" the blockade on Yemen's red sea ports saying that partial lifting only "slows the collapse toward a massive humanitarian tragedy costing millions of lives".

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

"Saleh's speech is a coup against our alliance and partnership, and exposed the deception of those who claim to stand against aggression", al-Houthi said in a statement made Al Masirah TV.

Three-fourths of Yemenis need some kind of humanitarian assistance to meet basic needs, global observers have said, with more than 17 million people facing food insecurity, including 8.4 million at risk of starvation.

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Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Gulf states against Houthi rebels who ousted the pro-Saudi, internationally-recognized government in Yemen in 2015.

"It's been like a street war", they said, adding that ambulances have been ferrying the wounded to hospitals.

The two groups had been fighting the Hadi government for almost three years under an uneasy alliance. In 2015 he fled to Saudi Arabia, which used its military force in a bid to place him back in power in Yemen.

In a statement on Saturday the Saudi-led coalition praised Saleh for "taking the lead" in the conflict.

Meanwhile, Houthi leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, called for dialogue with Saleh and his rebel forces to end the growing violence between the two factions.

The coalition has also been accused of committing war crimes through indiscriminate attacks on residential areas in cities controlled by the rebel forces.

According to United Nations officials, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 percent of the country's population has been displaced as a direct result of the conflict.

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