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> The son of Yemen's slain ex-president has called for revenge against the armed Houthi movement that killed him. The Iran-aligned rebels killed Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday after he switched sides in the civil war abandoning his erstwhile Houthi allies in favor of a Saudi-led coalition. The intervention by his son Ahmed who said he wanted to confront the enemies of his homeland could further shift the balance of power.
Ahmed Ali Saleh once led the elite Republican guards and is currently in exile in the United Arab Emirates. Much depends now on whether he can command the loyalty of his father's supporters. The elder Saleh ruled Yemen with a mixture of force and cunning for 33 years. Until Saturday's sudden shift, his loyalists fought with the Houthis and helped them seize control of much of the country.
Despite a nearly three year Saudi-led bombing campaign the Houthis still command a strong following. Vast crowds in the streets on Tuesday showed support for their control of the capital Sanaa, taking advantage of a lull after nearly a week or airstrikes and fighting. Aid agencies saying more than 230 people have been killed and 400 wounded.
One of the Arab world's poorest countries has suffered daily for being on the front line of a Saudi-Iranian power struggle. Millions may die in what the UN wants could be one of the worst famines in modern times.