Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy'

Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy'

Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy'

This follows the killing of Abdullah Saleh at the hands of the militia in the south of Sanaa on Monday.

Skau stressed that military "logic" must not take over so the parties can get back to the negotiating table.

Saleh and the Iran-backed Huthis, also known as Ansar Allah, have accused each other of inciting Wednesday's unrest. The coalition has been striking Houthi positions, hoping that Saleh's loyalists might allow forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to return to the capital. The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said Saleh was killed because he had been trying to overthrow the Houthis.

Yemeni rebels deny they have detained the sons of slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. A rebel leader, speaking to a mass rally in Sanaa, said Saleh's wounded sons had been hospitalized, without providing further details.

The UAE is a key member of the mostly Gulf Arab alliance that sees the Houthis as a proxy of their arch-enemy Iran but had struggled to make gains against the Houthi-Saleh alliance despite thousands of air strikes backed by US and Western arms and intelligence.

Sanaa was awash with unconfirmed rumours of widespread arrests of suspected Saleh supporters in the army and the rebel government.

But there was no repetition of the fierce fighting that had rocked the capital for the five previous nights.

Jamie McGoldrick, of United Nations aid agency OCHA, said civilians in Sanaa are "emerging from their houses after five days being locked down, basically prisoners", to seek safety, medical care, fresh water and other survival needs.

He says that "at the same time, people are bracing themselves for more". He cited accounts of snipers firing upon ambulances, pregnant women with health issues not able to go to hospitals, and armored vehicles roaming the streets over the five-day span.

Saudi Arabia called on Tuesday for a Yemen free of "militias supported by Iran", in its first official statement since rebels killed their erstwhile ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Clashes in the capital have continued as his alliance with the Houthi rebels fell apart.

That would give Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Saudi-led coalition backing it and waging war on the Houthis a chance for a turning point in the stalemated conflict that has brought humanitarian disaster. The ICRC didn't provide a toll from the near-daily airstrikes. Saleh's forces were key to helping the Houthis overrun Sanaa in 2014, and then much of the north and centre of the country. The Houthis announced his death on television, and a video provided to AFP by the rebels showed what appeared to be a dead Saleh with a severe head injury, his body wrapped in a floral-print blanket.

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