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Seeking to appear above the fray, Saleh keeps denying claims that he supports Houthi fighting in Amran, Jawf and Sanaa.Many see Saleh as using the Houthi uprising to settle accounts with Mohsen and Ahmar, who were already weakened last month when Amran, the symbolic stronghold of the Hashid federation, fell completely under the control of the Houthis.Saleh has found other ways to target his rivals. Many of Saleh's supporters were seen shouting and chanting against Mohsen and Ahmar and in favor of the Houthis in a big tent erected in the middle of a courtyard in Saleh's palace.These daily rallies in Saleh's palace are extensively covered by Azal, a private television channel owned by Saleh's ally Mohammad Shayef, the top leader of the Bakil tribal federation, of which the Houthis are also members. Since the Houthis took Amran in July, Mohsen and Ahmar have lost support among many in Hashid to Saleh's rival faction within the same federation.Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthi movement, needs the help of Saleh and his party even if he wins militarily.
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