Houthi-Saleh clashes erupt in Sanaa after failed rebel talks


The breakup of Saleh's alliance with the Houthis may benefit the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its attempts to reinstate the government of ousted elected President Abdurabu Mansur Hadi.

Houthi followers attend a gathering celebrating Houthi advancement on forces loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh at Tahrir Square in Sanaa, Yemen December 3, 2017.

"I appeal to the leader Saleh to show more wisdom and maturity. and not to heed incitement calls", Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in a speech on the group's Al-Masirah TV, adding that his group was ready to sit down for arbitration and abide by any ruling. Despite a devastating air campaign that has killed hundreds of civilians, the Houthis still control the capital, Sanaa, and about 55 percent of northern Yemen.

The education ministry canceled classes on December 3, normally the start of the school week, and witnesses said some bodies of those killed in previous clashes were still lying in the streets, AFP reported. He also points up that Saleh's move represents a turning point in the situation inside the country, in which the tables have been turned against the Houthis, and the situation has returned to the status-quo prior to September 2014, when the Houthis seized chunks of the capital from former president Hadi.

The two groups have been fighting the government of current President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who is backed by the Saudi-led coalition, for almost three years.

"The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority denies claims by the coup trumpets in Yemen that they fired a missile toward the airspace of the United Arab Emirates", the department said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

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The $20 billion Barakah nuclear power plant is in Abu Dhabi's far western desert. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 Yemeni civilians and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Al-Shami also said the rocket attack was a message that "we will continue to target every nation that participated in the aggression against Yemen".

It said the nuclear power project was "fortified and sturdy against all possibilities".

The Saudi-led coalition, which has yet to comment on the report, has apparently found new allies in the years-long conflict in Yemen.

The Barakah project, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) (015760.KS), is expected to be completed and become operational in 2018, the UAE energy minister has said.

Back in early November, a spokesman for the Houthis told Al Jazeera they launched a Burkan 2-H missile towards Riyadh, a Scud-type missile with a range of more than 800km. A few months ago they said they had "successfully" test fired a missile towards Abu Dhabi.