United Nations calls for immediate halt to fighting in Yemen

United Nations calls for immediate halt to fighting in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition warned the city's residents to evacuate rebel-controlled areas, as worldwide aid groups warned Monday they were losing the ability to reach civilians in Sanaa.

Air raids also struck northern provinces including Taiz, Haja, Midi and Saada, the rebel-owned channel said, although there was no immediate word on casualties.

US-backed Saudi coalition forces renewed their attacks on Sanaa in order to back up Saleh's supporters.

Saleh's body, which had appeared in a video by the militias with a gaping head wound, was taken to a rebel-controlled military hospital.

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting in Yemen since March 2015, seeking to restore the ousted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Tuesday that Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called the killing of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and others "an adverse development" that will "constitute a considerable change to the political dynamics in Yemen".

Saleh ruled Yemen for more than three decades until he was forced to resign following an Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

- Houthi rebels hold over 40 journalists hostage in Yemen.

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It risks the conflict becoming even more intractable.

The collapse of the alliance between Saleh and the rebels saw at least 100 people reported dead in fighting, accusations of betrayal and the former leader reaching out to the Saudi- led coalition.

Saleh on Saturday announced he was open to talks with Saudi Arabia and its allies on condition they ended their crippling blockade of Yemen's ports and airports - dealing a serious blow to his already fragile alliance with rebel chief Abdul Malik al-Huthi. Now his exiled son Ali Ahmed Saleh has vowed to lead anti-Houthi Movement and it is to be seen to what extent he succeeds in winning back the family's influence in shaping the destiny of the country.

Houthi officials said their fighters killed Saleh as he tried to flee the capital for his nearby hometown of Sanhan. That helped propel Yemen into the ruinous civil war that has spread hunger and disease among its 28 million people.

The fighting has claimed more than 10,000 lives since then.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday, more than 230 people have been killed and around 400 injured in the Yemen war since the beginning of this month.

Houthi supporters massed in their thousands near the capital's worldwide airport, shouting "Sanaa is free and the state still stands!" and "Yemenis are one!" as rebel chiefs struck a conciliatory tone, declaring they were "ensuring the safety" of members of the GPC - a statement that stood in sharp contrast with the GPC's claims of a Houthi charge against them.

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