A nephew of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for an end to the Yemen war in his first public appearance since his uncle was killed by his former Houthi allies last month.
Several pictures of the brigadier were circulated while he was attending the funeral of Arif Zuka, the secretary-general of the Congress party, who was killed alongside ex-president Saleh in Sanaa by the Houthi militia early December.
"He arrived in Shaabt Ateeq in Al Saeed district in Shabwa province and he was received by Al Awaliq tribes and Al Zouka's family members and other leaders from the GPC party in Shabwa, with whom he had a meeting after visiting Al Zouka's family", a source in Shabwa told The National.
A short video clip of Maj Gen Saleh's visit was posted on Yemeni news websites and widely shared on social media.
"Our hands are stretched to our brothers in Saudi Arabia to bring security and peace back to Yemen", he said while addressing supporters.
Initial reports said Tareq was killed in the fighting that erupted after Saleh called on the Saudi-led coalition to end the war, a move interpreted by the Houthis as a betrayal.
On Thursday, there were still no details explaining how Tarek Saleh was able to escape.
He said the former president's nephew would be a reliable partner for the coalition in the battle to retake Sanaa, which was captured by the Houthis in September 2014.
Brigadier-General Tareq Mohammed Saleh - who led a brigade of an elite Yemeni army unit before his uncle was forced to step down in 2012 - had been expected to help lead Saleh's supporters in a fresh fight against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.