Ye­men rebel rift opens door to Saudi-bro­kered peace: ICG

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Dubai, UAE - A rift in Ye­men’s rebel camp has opened the door for Saudi Ara­bia to me­di­ate in a con­flict that has claimed thou­sands of lives, the In­ter­na­tional Cri­sis Group (ICG) said on Wed­nes­day. Com­pounded by poverty, cholera and loom­ing mass star­va­tion, the Ye­men war has claimed more than 8,500 lives since Saudi Ara­bia and its al­lies joined the gov­ern­ment’s fight against Houthi rebels in 2015.

In a report, ICG said Saudi Ara­bia and its al­lies - in­clud­ing the US and Bri­tain - should move fast to “cap­i­talise on a di­vi­sion that they have en­cour­aged”.

It said they should turn the po­lit­i­cal rift be­tween Ye­meni strong­man Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh and his Houthi al­lies into a cease­fire and en­sure the rebels cut all ties with Iran. “The tim­ing is ripe but the op­por­tu­nity eas­ily could slip away,” ICG said.

In Au­gust, ru­moured ten­sions be­tween Saleh and rebel chief Ab­dul­ma­lik al-Huthi ex­ploded in pub­lic, with the ex-pres­i­dent slam­ming his al­lies as mili­tias and the Houthis openly threat­en­ing “back­stab­bers”. Ties be­tween Saleh and the Houthi rebels re­main tense.

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