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The Arab League (AL) rejected as "illegitimate" the recently-announced government formation of Shiite Houthi group in Yemen, said the AL chief on Tuesday.

AL Secretary-general, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, strongly condemned Monday's unilateral declaration of a so-called "national salvation government" by the Houthi group and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh's party, according to a statement from AL spokesman, Mahmoud Afifi.

"The move is an extension of the coup methodology that the Houthis do not want to give up," said Aboul-Gheit, warning that the step is a barrier to the peacemaking efforts in Yemen, led by United Nations special envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

"Such a step clearly shows which party blocks the way to reach a peaceful solution for the Yemeni crisis," said the AL chief.

In early Oct, the Houthi group and Saleh's party, appointed Abdulaziz bin Habtoor as prime minister and tasked him to form a salvation government, which was later announced Monday.

The Yemeni presidency denounced the rebellious government formation, in the war-torn northern provinces and said, it would likely derail peace process in the country.

The Saudi-led Arab military coalition has been launching deadly air strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen, but a lot of civilians have been "wrongly targeted" during the operations.

The civil war, ground battles and air strikes have so far killed over 10,000 Yemenis, half of whom are civilians, injured over 35,000 others and displaced over two million, according to humanitarian agencies.


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