Deadly opposition infighting rocks Sanaa for second night

Fighting between Yemen's Houthis (Ansarallah) and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh rocked Sanaa for a second straight night, leaving at least three people dead, AFP reported Friday (December 1st).

The violence threatens an alliance that has held the capital and much of the north of Yemen in defiance of the Yemeni government for more than three years.

Houthi fighters surrounded the homes of two of Saleh's nephews late on Thursday, a source in Saleh's forces said.

"We were surprised by an armed attack by Ansarallah targeting the guards of the house of Brig. Tareq Saleh, which left three dead and wounded three others," the ex-president's General People's Congress said.

"We hold Ansarallah fully responsible."

The Houthis said there were "clashes in some streets of south Sanaa", in a statement released on their Saba news agency, without giving further details of their location or any casualty toll.

Thursday night's violence came 24 hours after clashes at the Saleh mosque in Sanaa killed nine Houthis and five Saleh supporters.

One source at the Jumhuriya hospital said late on Thursday that the death toll from the infighting had risen to as many as 18 Houthis and six Saleh loyalists.

Saleh and the Houthis forged an unlikely alliance in 2014, ending decades of enmity to join ranks in fighting against Yemen's internationally recognised President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The infighting now threatens to unravel the fragile alliance, which has been battling a military intervention in the war since March 2015.

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