Yemen ex-president killed as fighting shakes capital

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The death was first announced on Monday by the Sanaa-based interior ministry, controlled by Saleh's allies-turned-foes, the Houthi rebel movement. He continued to be a leader despite being forced to resign as a result of the people's protests.Moreover, after an attempt to assassinate him in Al-Nahdeen Mosque, everyone thought Saleh was done, but he spent months receiving treatment for his burns at Riyadh Military Hospital and surprised everyone with his return to continue to rule Sanaa and lead political and military battles. One of his sons was also reportedly shot and taken captive by the Houthis. Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on Yemenis yesterday to rise up against the Iran-aligned Houthis after the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A statement declared "end of the crisis of militias", referring to Saleh's armed supporters, and "the killing of their leader and a number of his criminal supporters".

The breakdown of the alliance has led the coalition to step up its bombing of Houthi positions, in support of Saleh's forces.

Albukhaiti said that fighters had secured key areas south of the capital, including the "very strategic" al-Mesbahi residential area, which is approximately 200 metres from Saleh's home.

Yemen's veteran former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in a roadside attack after switching sides in the country's civil war.

The Houthis, who are believed to be backed by Iran, stormed Sanaa in September 2014.

Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh was killed in the attack on his uncle former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh's armoured vehicle
Image Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh was killed in the attack

Fighting erupted between the Iranian-allied Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh last week, unraveling their fragile alliance, formed in the face of the internationally-recognized government and Saudi-led coalition.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition intervened to reinstate Hadi's government. His brief turn against the Houthis and realignment with the Saudi-backed central government seemed to be part of a strategy by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the leaders of the United Arab Emirates to turn the tide of the war and isolate the rebels.

Warfare between the erstwhile allies has torn densely populated Sanaa for days, with Houthi fighters seizing control of much of the capital and on Monday blowing up Mr Saleh's house.

"You can not say this is the end of his political movement, but it's a very big blow", he said.

In a televised speech on Monday, Huthi made no mention of Saleh's death but expressed his satisfaction at the day's events. The Saudis had publicly welcomed Saleh's about-face, but any hope of a radical change in the balance of power in the conflict appears to have been terminated along with Saleh's life. "We can only be sure that the Houthis are now united under one leadership".

"This will not bring Yemen any closer to an end in fighting", said al-Masmari. It was said that they were the strongest party, and that any attempt at driving them out would lead to a bloody war between the two parties in the city's historic streets.

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