Trump calls on Saudi Arabia to lift Yemen blockade

Saudi Arabia continues to bomb Yemen's Sana'a despite calls for humanitarian ceasefire: UN

Around 20 women, dressed head to toe in black, did not hide their loyalty to the leader of three decades, who was killed by the Iran-backed rebels on Monday after their uneasy alliance collapsed. The war has turned into one of the world's worst humanitarian crises since the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes the following year.

The intervention by Ahmed Ali, a former leader of the elite republican guard once seen as a likely successor to his father, gives the anti-Houthi movement a potential figurehead after a week of fighting that saw the Houthis rout Saleh's supporters in the capital.

There was no independent confirmation, but pictures circulated on social media appeared to show Mr Saleh's body.

Dujarric, the U.N. spokesman, told reporters that U.N. special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told a closed meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the killing of Saleh and others was "an adverse development" that will "constitute a considerable change to the political dynamics in Yemen".

The group would first start with restoring legitimate authority in Yemen and to empower the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

At least 13 other journalists and media workers are now held hostage in Yemen by armed groups, including the Houthis and al-Qaeda.

The fighting continued today, with reports of heavy clashes and coalition strikes against Huthi-controlled government buildings and around Sanaa International Airport.


"The president has ordered Vice President Ali Mohsen al- Ahmar, who is in Marib (east of Sanaa), to activate military units and advance towards the capital", a presidency official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The president will soon announce a general amnesty for all those who collaborated with the Huthis in recent months and who have retracted that allegiance", said Prime Minister Ahmad Obaid bin Daghr. Saudi Arabia, concerned about Iran's support of the Houthis in a neighboring country, formed a coalition and intervened in support of Hadi.

On Saturday, Saleh offered to "turn a new page" with the Saudi-led coalition if it stopped attacking Yemen and ended its crippling blockade of the country.

That dealt a serious blow to his already fragile alliance with rebel chief Abdul Malik al-Huthi.

Yemen's stalemated war has killed over 10,000 civilians and displaced 3 million. Witnesses said the bodies of slain civilians and fighters littered the streets as ambulances were unable to reach them.

"Aid workers can't travel and implement critical life- saving programmes".

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