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Yemen’s Saleh declares support for Houthi militias

The deposed president has previously denied any alliance or military coordination with Houthis militias

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Yemen’s deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh claimed his support for Houthi militias after aids from the Saudi-led coalition on his house in Sanaa.

“I was not an ally of Ansar Allah [the Houthis ] but today I am announcing from this place that Yemenis will be supportive of anyone who defends the nation's resources,” the deposed leader said.

The comments were aired by a pro-Saled television channel.

On Sunday, Saudi-led forces conducted air strikes in Sanaa targeting Saleh’s house.

Three loud explosions were heard and plumes of smoke were seen rising from the area where Saleh’s residence is located in the capital.

Saleh has previously denied any alliance or military coordination with Houthis militias.

A Saudi-led coalition has led an air campaign against Houthi rebels and militias allied to Saleh since March 26, following a plea from legitimate President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi for intervention.

Hadi and the Saudi-led coalition believe Yemen’s Houthis have joined forces with Saleh-allied militias in an aggressive bid for power in the crisis-wrecked country.