A Houthi fighter walks amid the rubble of the Republican Palace that was destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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The killing of ex-leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, days after his overtures to the Arab-led coalition, has buried hopes for a breakthrough in Yemen's war, analysts say, and risks fueling a standoff between Riyadh and Tehran."People are upset because this was an important opportunity and it's been lost," Almadhaji said.Before his slaying Saleh was seen as Yemen's great survivor.Commentators say Riyadh favors the Islamist Al-Islah party while the Emiratis are plumping for Saleh's son.Analyst Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute in Washington predicted Saleh's death would diminish any chances for a push to end a conflict that has created a humanitarian catastrophe.Analyst Almadhaji said the death of Saleh has left the warring parties reeling – and peace an even more distant prospect.At a Tuesday rally in Sanaa, the rebels sought to project an image of unity and said they would ensure the safety of members of Saleh's party.But Almadhaji said frustrations of local residents – and the readiness of some to put their hopes in Saleh – go well beyond the Saudi-led blockade and are increasingly focused on the faults of Houthi rule.
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