UAE applauds military campaign by Yemen ex-president against Houthis

UAE Denies Yemen's Houthis Have Fired Missile Towards Abu Dhabi Nuke Reactor

The Qatari regime had been attempting since Friday to mediate a rapprochement between the Houthi militias and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces, an informed source told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday.

Unverified footage circulated on social media appeared to a show corpse resembling Saleh, wrapped in a floral-print blanket with a severe head injury. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was circulating widely.

A senior official with Yemen's internationally-recognized government confirmed to The Associated Press that Saleh had been killed.

The breakdown of the alliance has led the coalition to step up its bombing of Houthi positions, in support of Saleh's forces.

But in recent months, the alliance frayed amid Houthi suspicions Saleh was leaning towards the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi. Residents reported at least five air strikes shook the highlands of the area.

Witnesses said dead bodies, those of civilians and rebel fighters alike, littered the streets of Yemen's capital.

"He was martyred in the defence of the republic", said Faiqa al-Sayyid, a leader in the General People's Congress, blaming Huthi rebels for Saleh's killing south of the capital Sanaa.

The wider Yemen conflict pits the Houthi-Saleh alliance against the Saudi-backed government of Hadi.

The ex-president also called for an end to the "militia's rule on Yemen's land", adding that the Houthis had continued their "provocative acts against Yemeni citizens".

The war has claimed more than 10,000 lives since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined fight in 2015, triggering what the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Saleh, 75, ruled Yemen for more than three decades until his ouster under popular pressure in 2012. In 2014, his forces allied with the Houthis despite the fact that as president he had gone to war with them on more than one occasion.

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok said on Twitter. Either Houthis will take full control of Sanaa or coalition & Hadi forces will push into city with full force in coordination with GPC.

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