Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh

Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh

Yemeni women protest for body of slain leader Saleh

Yemeni rebel forces on Wednesday dispersed a protest staged by dozens of women in the capital, Sanaa, demanding the body of slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh so they could hold a funeral before his burial.

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".

Both Saleh forces and the Houthi rebels are battling to capture the capital city.

Saleh's body, which had appeared in a video by the militias with a gaping head wound, was taken to a rebel-controlled military hospital.

"I am going to fight the enemies of the humanity and the enemies of our homeland who are trying hard to erase its identity and destroy its gains and humiliate the Yemenis", said Major General Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's ambassador to the UAE and the former commander of the Republican Guard.

"He was martyred in the defence of the republic", said Faiqa al-Sayyid, a party leader.

Houthi officials said their fighters killed Saleh as he tried to flee the capital for his nearby hometown of Sanhan.

Following Saleh's death, the Saudi-led coalition was reported to have blitzed Sanaa with an intensified campaign of airstrikes.

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Sweden's deputy United Nations ambassador Carl Skau and Britain's deputy United Nations ambassador Jonathan Allen echoed the call for an end to fighting and the opening of the port of Hodeida and Sanaa airport to deliver aid to Yemenis in desperate need. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

The Saleh-Huthi alliance had been fraught since its inception in 2014, when the two ended decades of enmity and joined ranks to capture Sanaa from Hadi's government.

The end of the alliance between the Houthis and Saleh might have tilted the three-year civil war in favor of Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Saudi-led coalition.

"Today marked the failure of the conspiracy and treason, a black day for the forces of aggression", he said on Al- Masirah.

The proxy war between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran has already killed more than 10,000 people, with more than 2 million displaced.

Worldwide aid groups warned today they were losing the ability to reach civilians in Sanaa. "This latest violence couldn't come at a worse time".

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok said on Twitter.

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