Saleh-Houthi Alliance Crumbles as they vie to take control of Sanaa

This weekend, Sanaa was the theatre of fierce fighting pitting forces loyal to Abdellah Saleh against the Houthi militias, which appear to have taken control of key streets and buildings in the capital.

Dozens of people were killed on both sides, including civilians, but there are no specific figures about casualties as fighting between former allies intensifies.

Saleh forces were backed by Saudi coalition airstrikes, which hit the positions of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the war-battered city.

The Saudi intervention in the infighting in the camps of their Yemeni foes comes only a day after Saleh signaled a shift in alliances by using a live television address to say he was ready to make peace with the Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen’s former President vowed to “turn the page” with the Saudi-led coalition he has been fighting if it lifts a crippling blockade on Yemen.

The Houthis, for their part, accused Saleh of betrayal, and vowed to keep up the fight against the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudis and their allies have backed, in a statement, Saleh’s move saying that “restoring initiative by the members of the General People’s Congress party and their alliance with Yemeni people will allow Yemen to get rid of the evils of the sectarian Iranian terrorist militias.”

Yemen’s civil war has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015, displaced more than two million people, caused a cholera outbreak infecting nearly one million people and put the country on the brink of famine.

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