Rebel infighting kills dozens in Yemen

 03 Dec 2017 - 12:34

Rebel infighting kills dozens in Yemen
Houthi rebels set checkpoints on the way to airport as fighting between Houthi rebels and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh continue in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 2, 2017. (Mohammed Hamoud - Anadolu Agency).

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SANAA: At least 36 people have been killed in two days of rebel infighting in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, according to a medical source on Sunday.

Houthi rebels and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have been battling in recent days over control in Sanaa, which they jointly overran in 2014.

The medical source said many civilians were among the victims, adding that 225 people were also injured in the violence.

On Saturday, Saleh said he was open to talks with the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis to end the three-year conflict in Yemen.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign to reverse Houthi military gains and shore up the Yemeni government. 

The conflict has since claimed more than 10,000 lives and triggered what the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.