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UAE denies Yemeni rebel missile targeted its nuclear reactor

UAE denies Yemeni rebel missile targeted its nuclear reactor

Unverified footage circulated by Yemeni social media users on Monday appeared to a show corpse resembling Saleh.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said Saturday that the recent military campaign of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against the Houthi rebels would benefit the Yemeni people. Otherwise, he says that the government must impose security in tandem with the people, if the militias (supporting Saleh) don't put down their arms.

Saleh announced on Saturday he was ready to turn a "new page" in ties with the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen if it stopped attacks on Yemeni citizens, in a move that could pave the way to end almost three years of war, Reuters reported.

Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnomi, a top Houthi media official, told The Associated Press that Saleh was killed near Marib, the eastern province bordering Saudi Arabia. The Houthis dominate the northern part of the city, while Saleh's forces hold the southern part, with much of the current fighting concentrated around the Political District, home to ministries and foreign embassies. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was circulating widely.

Saleh on Saturday broke a three-year alliance with the Iran-backed Huthis, opening the door to negotiations with neighbouring Saudi Arabia for the lifting of a crippling blockade.

The rebel alliance splintered last week, setting off heavy clashes between the Houthis and Saleh's forces.

Yemen rebel alliance teeters as strongman turns to Saudis

He told Yemenis all across the country that if they support him, "to defend the nation, the republic and the revolution".

The mediation effort came as supporters of the 2012-ousted president battled the Houthi militias in Sanaa, until finally Saleh announced that Yemen's parliament, dominated by his party, was the only legitimate power in the country.

Suze van Meegen, Sanaa-based protection and advocacy adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council, said Monday that the violence left aid workers trapped inside their homes and was "completely paralyzing humanitarian operations".

The Houthi rebels' partnership with the powerful ex-president appeared to have fallen apart after he reached out to a Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents.

The Saleh-Houthi alliance had been fraught since its inception in 2014, when the two ended decades of enmity and joined ranks to capture Sanaa from Hadi's government.

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