Yemen's Saleh says ready for 'new page' with Saudi-led coalition

Yemen's Saleh says ready for 'new page' with Saudi-led coalition

Yemen's Saleh says ready for 'new page' with Saudi-led coalition

Saleh and the Iran-backed Huthis, also known as Ansar Allah, have accused each other of inciting Wednesday's unrest.

The fighting eased in the afternoon as Saleh supporters gained the upper hand, but intermittent gunfire was being heard.

Later in the day, Saleh said he was ready for a "new page" in relations with the Saudi-led coalition pounding Yemen if it stopped attacks on his country. The infighting threatens to unravel the fragile rebel alliance that controls the capital and has been battling the Saudi-backed government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in Yemen's war.

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh has said he is ready for a "new page" in ties with the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen if it stopped attacks on his country, in a move that could offer a pathway to end almost three years of war.

Earlier this month, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Iran of supplying Houthi rebels with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions.

"I call on our brothers in neighboring countries.to stop their aggression and lift the blockade", he said, "and we will turn the page".

"We will deal with them in a positive way and what happened to Yemen is enough", he added.

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Diab says the Saudi-coalition forces are not too far from the capital, and the Houthis have become widely despised due to shortages of food, water, medicine and money.

The Saudi-led coalition - which has fought Saleh and the Houthi rebels since 2015 - last month imposed a total blockade on the impoverished country after a rebel missile was shot down near Riyadh.

In a statement on Saturday the Saudi-led coalition praised Saleh for "taking the lead" in the conflict. There has been no official word on casualties but the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that dozens were killed and hundreds were wounded in the fighting.

In response to Saleh's speech, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi stressed the need for dialogue in another televised appearance in Saturday, and called on Saleh to "be more mature".

He told Yemenis all across the country that if they support him, "to defend the nation, the republic and the revolution".

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

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