Houthi Leader Says Saleh Supporters' Behavior 'Unjustifiable', Urges Wisdom

  • Houthi Leader Says Saleh Supporters' Behavior 'Unjustifiable', Urges Wisdom

Houthi Leader Says Saleh Supporters' Behavior 'Unjustifiable', Urges Wisdom

A statement from Saleh's General People's Congress Party said three guards were killed when Houthi forces attacked the house of Tarek Saleh, Ali Abdullah Saleh's nephew, adding that they also besieged the residence of Ibrahim Sharaf, a party member and foreign minister of the Sanaa-based government.

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

"Our country is under aggression and the Houthis are the cause of this aggression due to their practices", he said.

The comments, carried by the Saudi-owned Al-Hadath news channel, came after Saleh said he was ready to turn a new page with the coalition if it stopped what he described as its aggression on Yemen and lifted restrictions on transportation.

"I call on our brothers in neighbouring countries.to stop their aggression and lift the blockade. and we will turn the page", the Saleh said in a televised speech on Saturday.

Former Yemen dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced he is open to talks with the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels, as his alliance with the Houthi insurgents appears to have crumbled.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Gulf states against Houthi rebels who ousted the pro-Saudi, internationally-recognized government in Yemen in 2015.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

In 2011, Yemen fell into chaos after an uprising deposed Saleh.

It also called on supporters, including tribal fighters, to "defend themselves, their country, their revolution and their republic".

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.

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

The United Nations has warned that the country faces mass starvation unless the Saudi-led coalition allows more food aid to enter the impoverished country.

The head of the Houthis' Ansarullah group warned that the biggest victor from what he described as Saleh's "sedition" was the Saudi-led coalition.

For his part, Houthi leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi called on Saleh to end what he called "the sectarian strife" that he has instigated, and threatened to take action against his supporters militarily if he does not.

"It demands the anti-government forces in Yemen to desist from attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", the FO added.