Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh

Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh

A view of damage on a street where Houthis have recently clashed with forces loyal to slain Yemeni former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen December 6, 2017.

Saleh's son Salah said on Facebook Tuesday that he won't receive condolences for his father's death until "after avenging the blood" of the former leader. He was killed in an attack on his convoy on Monday.

"All means should be tackled for the Yemeni people to get rid of this black nightmare", he said. "He got what he deserved", Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

"There is no God but God and the martyr is a friend of God", they shouted in front of the Saleh mosque, the largest in the capital and named for the former president.

Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, a rebel leader, said Tuesday that "some sons" of Saleh have been hospitalized, without providing further details.

"The members of the Security Council call all sides to de-escalate and to recommit and re-engage without preconditions in the UN-led political process to achieve a durable ceasefire", Japanese ambassador Koro Bessho, the council's president, said after a closed-door meeting on the situation.

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The fighting was triggered by power struggles within the rebel camp, which has been at war since March 2015 with a Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally recognized government.

But with Saleh's forces seemingly in disarray, it was not immediately clear if the Saudi-led coalition would be able to turn the split to its advantage. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than three decades, allied with Houthis after an Arab Spring uprising forced him to resign in 2012. PROXY WAR 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. The Houthi-controlled interior ministry distributed a video of dozens of seated barefoot men it said were pro-Saleh fighters detained in one of its party headquarters.

RSF said the Houthis broadcast their own content, including a speech by leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi, before the channel went off air.

But the head of the Houthis' Ansarullah group warned that the biggest victor from what he described as Saleh's "sedition" was the Saudi-led coalition. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahFormer president Saleh plunged the country deeper into turmoil last week by switching allegiances after years helping the Houthis win control of much of the country's north including the capital.

But over the past year, the Houthis appear to have undermined Saleh, wooing away some of his commanders.

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