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    Yemeni Political Council Formed by Houthis, Saleh Supporters Holds First Session

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    Yemen’s supreme political council held its first session on Saturday, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Yemen’s supreme political council formed by the Houthis Shia rebel movement Ansar Allah and General People's Congress party supporting the country’s ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh held its first session on Saturday, local media reported.

    The participants of the session approved the list of 10 members of the council, Yemen News Agency Saba reported.

    The supreme political council was established on July 28.

    Since 2014, Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Ansar Allah movement, also known as the Houthis, which is the country’s main opposition force. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Saleh.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

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