Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has formally announced an alliance with Houthi fighters for the first time, after the Arab coalition launched two air strikes on his home in the capital, Sana’a.
Saudi-led coalition in Yemen relaunched another air strike Sunday morning after Saleh statement to his Yemen Today TV channel. He escaped the first and the second air strikes which target his house in the heart of Hadda Street, killed three guards and destroyed three buildings.
“You should continue carrying your arms, ready to sacrifice your lives in defence against these beligerent attacks,” Saleh said, addressing people of Yemen including Houthies and his loyalists after the attack.
“I can describe this aggression as an act of cowardice.
“If you are brave enough, come and face us on the battlefield, come and we will be at your reception. Shelling by rockets and jet fighters can not enable you to achieve any of your goals.”
Saleh’s comments came after Houthi fighters released a statement that they would deal “positively” with any efforts to lift the suffering of the Yemeni people.
The declaration was seen as a sign that they could accept a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by Saudi Arabia, which is leading the coalition.
Air strikes have also targeted control centers, a communications complex, a landmine factory and other rebel positions across Yemen’s northern Saada province bordering Saudi Arabia, as Riyadh vowed ‘harsh’ punishment for deadly cross-border bombardments, even after proposing a humanitarian ceasefire, which is due to start on Tuesday.