The former president of Yemen has suggested that he is open to talking to the Saudi-led coalition that his forces have been fighting for years.

Ali Abdullah Saleh said on TV that he would be ready to “turn the page” if the coalition lifted a blockade on northern Yemen and halted its attacks.

The offer came as clashes worsened between Mr Saleh’s forces and their former allies, the Houthis.

The rift could have significant implications for Yemen’s civil war.

The two groups had been fighting the government of current President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi together for nearly three years.

Fighting began on Wednesday when Mr Saleh’s supporters accused Houthi rebels of breaking into the city’s main mosque complex.

There are reports of more fighting on the streets of the capital, Sanaa.


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