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Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh

06 December 2017

The son of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh , who was killed by the armed Houthi movement after switching sides in the civil war, called for revenge against the Iran-aligned group on Tuesday, Saudi-owned al-Ekbariya TV quoted him as saying. The country is now facing what the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Analysts said Saleh's death would be a huge moral boost for the Houthis and a serious blow to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the conflict to try to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

He added that the killing of Saleh "shows the extent of Iranian interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries", citing that Saleh was a former president of an Arab country and a leader in a large political party in Yemen.

A Saudi-led coalition, which has been at war with the rebels since March 2015, threw its support behind Saleh and launched a blistering wave of airstrikes on Sanaa.

The death of Saleh, who once compared ruling Yemen to dancing on the heads of snakes, deepens the complexity of the multi-sided war.

"Yemen stands on the brink of a catastrophic starvation", he said. Ali Abdullah Saleh was President of Yemen from 1994 to 2012.

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Sanaa saw no fresh fighting on Tuesday after five days of combat that the Red Cross said killed more than 230 people.

Another source of the Yemeni media outlet said that the ceremony took place not in Sanhan, but in Sanaa, which is the capital of the country. The Gulf countries had struggled to make gains against the Houthi-Saleh alliance despite thousands of air strikes backed by Western arms and intelligence.

The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said Yemen's enemies had been behind Saleh's armed uprising and praised what he called the Houthis' swift quashing of the "coup against the holy warriors", the semi-official Fars news agency reported. He is still loved in much of the north and many supporters will bear a grudge towards his killers.

He said it could either push the conflict towards United Nations peace negotiations or make it an "even more vicious war".

"We expect things will get worse for us".

Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh