Saleh forces deny Houthi claims over control of Sanaa

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The Saudi Arabia-led coalition airdropped weapons in an attempt to support the forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the ongoing fighting with Houthi rebels in Yemen's capital Sanaa overnight Monday, China's Xinhua news agency reported a military source as saying.

"Our appeals to the leader of the conference were met with a negative attitude", Houthi said.

The rebel leader claimed many ordinary Yemenis were shocked by (Saleh's) calls for strife, combat, upsetting peace and security, and he says he tried in a fraternal and peaceful way to avoid the current conflict by talking (with Saleh). A year later, the Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) party and Ansar Allah, the political arm of the Houthis, signed an agreement to form a political council to run the country. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was circulating widely on social media.

Ali Abdullah Saleh resigned from the presidency of the nation in 2012 after the Arab Spring, but has recently come back to the fore after rebels ousted in predecessor three years later.

The statement described Saleh as the master of betrayal and mentioned that his followers cut off roads and attacked the citizens violently in the context of their Saudi-led scheme.

Fighting first broke out after the Houthis seized Sanaa in September 2014 and later advanced south, forcing the internationally recognised government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi to relocate to the southern city of Aden.

But in recent months, the alliance frayed amid Houthi suspicions Saleh was leaning toward the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi.

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On Saturday, Saleh said that he was open to talks with a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels, in what the fighters called "a coup" against their fragile alliance with the former president.

Residents in the capital of Sanaa mired in the humanitarian catastrophe said that they had witnessed the explosion at Saleh's home.

Meanwhile, Mr Hadi, Yemen's president, ordered his forces to retake the capital from the Houthis, an official from his office said.

But even without Saleh's loyalists, the rebels remain a powerful force and it is unclear how much the break with Saleh weakens them.

"We kept advising him constantly not to ally with the rebels but unfortunately he didn't pay attention to us and followed his obstinacy but what done is done no use of crying over the spilt milk", Mr Al Sharafi told Saudi Arabia's Al Arabiya news channel.

A mortar shell also struck the Sana'a International Airport today amid increasing clashes between the Houthis and Saleh loyalists.

Yemen has been decimated by almost three years of fighting and a Saudi-led bombing campaign backed by the United States.

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