FO condemns Yemen's second missile attack on Saudi Arabia

A Huthi rebel uses his cell phone to film as supporters hold a mass rally outside the Saleh mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

A Huthi rebel uses his cell phone to film as supporters hold a mass rally outside the Saleh mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

After the clashes in August, both sides tried to calm the situation because they usually fight on the same side against the pro-government forces and the Saudi-led coalition, so things between them were quiet until Wednesday. It closed Yemen's borders and shut access to its sea and air ports on November 6 in response to a missile attack launched by the Houthis that targeted Riyadh's worldwide airport.

"I call upon the brothers in neighbouring states and the alliance to stop their aggression, lift the siege, open the airports and allow food aid and the saving of the wounded and we will turn a new page by virtue of our neighbourliness", Mr Saleh said in a televised speech.

The coalition has been fighting to defeat the Iran-backed Houthis along with Mr Saleh's forces in Yemen since March 2015.

The capital Sanaa has been shaken by escalating in-violence this week between supporters of Saleh and the Houthis, with more than 40 fighters killed and injured and residents now fearing a new front in an already devastating war.

Together they have fought the Saudi-led coalition which intervened in Yemen in 2015 aiming to restore the fugitive President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Some reports said Mr Saleh's fighters had seized control of a key Houthi command post.

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"The decision by (Saleh's) General People's Congress to take the lead and their choice to side with their people will free Yemen of. militias loyal to Iran", the statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said. The country has since fallen into chaos and Mr Saleh later joined the Houthis to drive Mr Hadi out of the capital in 2014.

The missile attacks, which could further escalate the coalition's military campaign, underscore how the raging Yemen conflict is increasingly spilling across the border, threatening Saudi towns and villages.

Saleh called for a joint ceasefire to be agreed on by his loyalists and the Houthi militia, after clashes entered their fourth day and hae resulted in the deaths of at least 80 people.

"It is not unusual or surprising that Saleh turns his back on a partnership he never believed in", the group's political bureau said in a statement. He also points up that Saleh's move represents a turning point in the situation inside the country, in which the tables have been turned against the Houthis, and the situation has returned to the status-quo prior to September 2014, when the Houthis seized chunks of the capital from former president Hadi.

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.

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