SANAA, Yemen, Death toll from week-long clashes in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has increased to 234, while 400 others were wounded, including 383 severely injured, the International Committee of the Red Cross for the Middle East ((ICRC), said.

“Our ICRC teams are now doing all they can to supply hospitals with medicines, surgical materials and fuel,” Robert Mardini, the regional director of the ICRC tweeted.

On Monday, dominant Houthi fighters killed former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, his relatives and his senior aides, after three days of deadly street clashes between the Houthis and Saleh’s armed loyalists, in Sanaa.

The clashes first erupted a week ago, after Saleh’s loyalists prevented Houthis from entering a Saleh-run mosque, to secure a nearby religious celebration, organised by the group in Sabeen Square, in central Sanaa.

The clashes then intensified and turned into street fighting, after Saleh announced disengagement of his alliance with the Houthis and declared war against them, citing “Houthi assaults on his family members.”

Together, Saleh and Houthis had aligned in fighting against the Saudi-led coalition, since Saleh’s loyalists backed Houthis in storming Sanaa in 2014, and forcing Saudi-backed president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government, into exile.

The clashes in Sanaa and surrounding provinces stopped on Monday, following the announcement of Saleh’s death, while the security situations are calm.

Meanwhile, Saudi-led coalition war planes have since launched over 30 air strikes on positions of the Houthis inside and outside Sanaa, with no reports of casualties.


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