The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has welcomed an offer of talks by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh whose forces have been fighting against it.

A coalition statement said the decision to take the lead and to side with their people will free Yemen of militias.

Mr Saleh said he would be ready to turn the page if the coalition lifted a blockade and halted its attacks.

However, Houthi rebels accuse Saleh of treason.

Meanwhile, smoke filled the air in Yemeni capital of Sanaa as supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled the Houthi group.