SANAA, Yemen, Yemen's Houthi rebels, accused their ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, of being a traitor.

"Saleh's description of the (Houthi) Revolutionary Committee as militia, was a stab in the back," the revolutionary committee said, in a statement. "What he (Saleh) said transgressed the red line," it added.

The committee represents the Houthi military and its elite fighters, who have been locked in deadly battles against a Saudi-led military coalition and Yemen's internationally-recognised government forces.

"We will take action," the committee said, describing Saleh as "evil."

In a speech, Saleh strongly criticised Houthi fighters as "illegal militia," and accused them of corruption.

The former president said, the Houthis have been meddling in the shared government between them and his party, the General People's Congress (GPC).

He also accused Houthis of looting state resources and salaries.

"Where are the salaries of the state employees for 10 months? Where are the salaries of the army and security services?" Saleh asked his party's supporters, at a large gathering.

The war of words came, after Houthis tried to prevent Saleh and his GPC party from summoning millions of supporters from across the country, to attend the celebration scheduled for Aug 24 (today), to mark the 35th anniversary of the party's establishment.

Houthis considered Saleh's determination to hold the celebration an "attempt of coup," saying, he tried to exploit "the growing discontent among the people, from the worsening economic crisis against them."

Saleh fought six wars against the Houthi group during his presidency from 2002 to 2009. Saleh's troops killed the brother of Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi in these wars, backed by Saudi Arabia.

In 2011, Saleh allied with the Houthis to resist the Muslim Brotherhoods, which eventually ousted him in 2012.

Their suspicious alliance continued when Houthi fighters stormed the capital Sanaa and seized control of it in Sept, 2014.

The internal strife, however, started to emerge after Houthis stripped Saleh and his party of resources and salaries.

Meanwhile, the Houthis accused Saleh of striking a secret deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to launch a military coup against them, in return for the release of Saleh's son, Ahmed Ali, and UAE's support for Saleh, to take power once Houthis are defeated, which Saleh's party denied in a Monday statement on the GPC website.

In Mar, 2015, the Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict, to back the internationally recognised government of President Hadi, against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.


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