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Yemen's ex-president Saleh calls for political dialogue

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By Seamus Kearney
Yemen's ex-president Saleh calls for political dialogue

<p>As armed groups continue to battle each other on the streets of Yemen, there are fresh calls for political dialogue.</p> <p>It comes from the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose loyalist militias have been fighting alongside Irananian-allied Houthi rebels.</p> <p>Saudi-led warplanes have been supporting fighters attempting to restore the rule of exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. </p> <p>There are fewer Saudi-led airstrikes now, with Riyadh announcing the end of its campaign in Yemen. </p> <p>In the ancient village of Attan, near the capital, people have been assessing the damage.</p> <p>Mohammed Hussein al-Hibari, the village chief, said: “There used to be 75 households here, but after the airstrikes there’s no one left. </p> <p>“This is an historical site, dating back to the Ottoman Empire. But now we have to leave, we are all victims of the airstrikes.” </p> <p>The US Secretary of State says he believes the onus for organising a ceasefire is now on the Houthis and their supporters.</p>