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    The situation in Sanaa has deteriorated amid the conflict between former allies - forces loyal to former President Saleh and the Houthis, who currently control the Yemeni capital.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Yemeni authorities have called on humanitarian organizations to relocate their staff to the temporary capital of Aden amid the agencies' recent decision to evacuate personnel from Sanaa that is currently controlled by the Houthi movement, Al Arabiya reported.

    According to the media outlet, Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee Abdul Raqeeb Fath has invited humanitarian organizations to move to the city of Aden to run relief convoys for those in need across the country. The broadcaster, however, did not mention any specific humanitarian agencies.

    Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Mekhlafi has reportedly announced that the Yemeni government was ready to provide safe corridors for relief organizations.

    Sputnik spoke with MSF representative Gada Safwan, who said that the Doctors Without Borders continues its "activities in Yemen and are doing our usual work in the capital of Sanaa."

    According to her, the MSF that is operating in 10 Yemeni provinces did not have its own hospitals in Sanaa, but it helps local medical institutions.

    The development comes a day after media reports suggested citing the Saudi-led coalition, which announced that humanitarian organizations were evacuating its staff from the capital of Sanaa, since the actions of the Houthi rebel movement, also known as Ansar Allah, were allegedly obstructing their work in the war-torn country.

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    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict since 2015, with the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fighting against the Houthi rebels, backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf Arab countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen under Hadi's request.

    The conflict further escalated in late November, when clashes in Sanaa between the Houthis and Saleh’s units broke out, which culminated in the killing of Saleh by the Yemeni rebels on December 4, shortly after hehad  reaffirmed the end of his alliance with the the movement.


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