INTERNATIONAL

Recent Clashes In Yemen Capital Killed At Least 234: ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross says recent clashes in the Yemeni capital have killed at least 234 people since December 1.

Sanaa-based ICRC spokeswoman Soumaya Beltifa told AFP, that another 400 wounded in reference to fighting between Huthi rebels and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh -- who was himself killed on Monday.

Strongman Saleh had on Saturday bypassed his Huthi allies of three years, telling the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen he was ready to negotiate if the crippling siege could be lifted.

But the move backfired. Saleh was killed as fighting raged between his forces and Huthis for control of the capital -- a new front in the war.

Yemen's war has left thousands dead since 2015, led to what the United Nations now labels the world's worst humanitarian crisis, and has deepened tensions between middle east rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.