Yemen's deadly civil war takes an unexpected turn

Trevor Jackson
December 3, 2017

After the November launch, a Houthi spokesman had warned that the group was planning to fire more ballistic missiles, noting: "The capital cities of countries that continually shell us, targeting innocent civilians, will not be spared from our missiles".

Heavy fighting all night in Sana'a.

Asbahi said most of his neighbors fled amid the clashes, but he prefers to stay with his family to guard his house.

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

Public institutions have declared holiday for employees until further notice.

Mr Hadi also welcomed the statement, saying he was ready to work with Mr Saleh against the Houthis.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said at least 80 people have been killed in this week's clashes between forces loyal to Saleh and Houthis.

The former Yemeni president's break with the Houthis came after five days of bitter clashes around the capital, Sana'a, between his supporters and those of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.

The Huthis have also accused the former president of accepting funds from the Saudi-backed Hadi government.

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Once allies, rebel Houthi fighters and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have now turned against each other.

The army said government forces had repelled a Houthi attack on Mt. Sebahtal in the northern Saada province, with the support of coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia, according to, Yemen's national military website.

Four supporters of Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed when a gunfight erupted on Wednesday in the center of Sanaa, after the Houthis broke into the city's main mosque complex and fired RPGs and grenades.

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.

The fighting subsided by the afternoon as Saleh supporters secured control.

"I call on our brothers and the Arab coalition to halt their aggression, allow access to medical and relief aid, open airports and we will turn the page", Saleh said in a televised speech. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

The GPC appealed to the army and security forces to remain neutral in the conflict.

Shortly before, military and tribal forces loyal to Expresident had taken control of Radio Television, most of ministries and worldwide Airport of Sana'a, as verified by a collaborator of El PAÍS in that city.

"Our revolution is against the Houthis and not against the public institutions, so we will not harm any institution", he said.

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