Residents in Sanaa reported that the Houthis appeared to be clawing back some territory lost to Saleh over the previous four days. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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An Arab-led coalition launched airstrikes on Yemen's capital, Sanaa, local media said, lending support to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh after he signaled he was abandoning his support of the Iran-aligned Houthis – a shift that could pave the way to end three years of war. In a speech Saturday, Saleh appeared to indicate the end of his loyalists' alliance with Houthi fighters. He said he was ready to turn a "new page" in ties with the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis, if it stopped attacks on Yemeni citizens and lifted a siege. Army units loyal to Saleh have been clashing with Houthi fighters in the past five days, adding a new layer to an already complex situation in Yemen.Residents in Sanaa reported Sunday that the Houthis appeared to be clawing back some territory lost to Saleh over the previous four days, and Houthi tanks were deployed amid heavy gunbattles in the city's central Political District.
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