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Anti-Saudi Rebel Alliance in Yemen Teeters on the Edge

  • Shiite rebels accuse Saleh of holding secret talks with U.A.E.
  • Saleh supporters plan rally; Houthis increase show of force
Photographer: Mohammed Huwais/AFP via Getty Images
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Strains in Yemen’s rebel camp have broken out into the open, straining an alliance that has fended off a Saudi-led coalition’s attempt to seize control of the war-ravaged country.

Shiite Houthi rebels have accused former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose loyalists joined forces with them, of holding secret talks with the United Arab Emirates, a close Saudi ally and member of the coalition. The Houthis say Saleh -- who denies the charge -- crossed “red lines” and denounced his description of them as a militia, a term the Saudis use to challenge their legitimacy.