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Yemen rebels disperse protests demanding slain leader's body

06 December 2017, 07:54 | Sandy Nunez

The 15-member council was deeply concerned about the sharp escalation in violence

The 15-member council was deeply concerned about the sharp escalation in violence

"This hostage-taking is typical of the climate of hostility in Yemen towards journalists, who are often targeted in this conflict", said RSF's Alexandra El Khazen.

Residents reported heavy bombing, and a United Nations official said at least 25 airstrikes hit the city over the past 24 hours.

In a televised speech, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on Yemenis to rise up against the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Clashes erupted between Saleh's forces and the Houthis last week.

Mattis said he did not believe the US military would play a role in easing the humanitarian situation.

The Gulf Cooperation Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the Houthi rebels for killing Saleh. The council called the deteriorating humanitarian situation "dire", saying Yemen "stands at the brink of catastrophic starvation".

"People are reporting that there are many arrests and they are trying to shoot military men and (Saleh party) members".

The UN secretary-general's special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, called on all parties to show restraint.

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The rebels killed Saleh on Monday, days after he broke off his alliance with them against a Saudi-led coalition.

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari on Tuesday as saying that Saudi Arabia, "on behalf of the USA and the Zionist regime (Israel), has a very important role in creating insecurity" in the Middle East.

The Houthi group is prepared to hand over the body of slain ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh to his family, Sputnik Arabic reported. The Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels had thrown its support behind Saleh just hours before his death, as the longtime strongman's alliance with the rebels unraveled. Air strikes also hit northern provinces including Taiz, Hajjah, Midi and Saada, it said.

The proxy war between regional arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia - armed and given intelligence by the West - has killed more than 10,000 people, with more than two million displaced.

Steve Purbrick, MSF's coordinator in Hajja, described the attack as a "deliberate disregard for medical facilities" that endangered the lives of patients and medical staff, and compromised "the care MSF can provide in the midst of intense fighting".

Saleh on Saturday announced the end of his alliance with the Houthi rebels, with whom he has jointly ruled the capital for three years.

It was unclear on Wednesday whether the Houthis had already buried Saleh's body. Many Sanaa residents remained hunkered down in their homes, fearing the rebels and the Saudi airstrikes, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear for their safety.

The Houthis and Saleh's forces began fighting each other in Sanaa last week.



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