Yemen's former President Ali Abdallah Saleh spoke on Saturday in a live TV address to slam the Houthi militia amid fierce battles between Saleh loyalists and the Iran-backed militia in the capital Sanaa.
More than 8,670 people have been killed and 49,960 injured since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemen conflict, according to the UN. Saudi Arabia and its allies claim that Iran backs and funds the rebels, something the rebels deny. The Houthi allied themselves with the forces loyal to Saleh and have fought a devastating war against forces loyal to Hadi and his foreign backers.
Sanaa residents told Al Jazeera that armed men from Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) attacked Houthi-held government institutions, as clashes continued.
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The two groups had been fighting the Hadi government for almost three years under an uneasy alliance.
In March 2015, warplanes from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and other allies began airstrikes on rebel positions in Yemen.
The Houthi rebels also responded, accusing the ex-president of staging a "coup" against their fragile alliance.
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Meanwhile, Houthi leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, called for dialogue with Saleh and his rebel forces to end the growing violence between the two factions. His support has dwindled over the past two years, so his potential decision to break up with the Houthis would not result in a quick end to the war. There is a patchwork of forces, including Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, Hezbollah, whatever ragtag troops Saudi Arabia brought in like Senegal units. Moreover, Yemen, which was already poorest country in Middle East, is on brink of starvation, with three-quarters of its 28 million people dependent on humanitarian aid.
In a statement on Saturday the Saudi-led coalition praised Saleh for "taking the lead" in the conflict. "The reserves they accumulated during the fat years are melting like a snowball in the sun", he explained.
The civil war has left 10,000 dead, displaced to two million people and caused an epidemic of cholera that has affected almost anor million. The civilian suffering was exacerbated by the Saudi naval and air blockade of Yemen, human rights groups say.
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The clash between Saleh's supporters and the Houthis underscores the complex situation in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, where war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Hadi has caused one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in recent times.