Houthis announce killing Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh

مقتل الرئيس السابق صالح

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Houthi rebels on Monday as he fled the capital Sanaa after days of intense street fighting between his forces and the insurgents.

 

Sanaa's Houthi-controlled Interior Ministry announced the veteran Yemeni leader's death in a statement. "The militias of treason are finished and their leader has been killed," the statement said.

 

Saleh was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in came under a fire at a checkpoint south of rebel-held Sana'a, as well as several of his senior aides.

 

Saleh's body was brought back to the capital and has been handed over to the leadership of his party, the General People's Congress.

 

Two days earlier, Saleh announced he was breaking a three-year alliance with the Iranian-backed Houthis, and that he wanted to "turn the page" on relations with the Saudi-led coalition that launched a military intervention against the Houthis in Yemen in 2015.

 

The Saudi coalition, which has imposed a crippling blockade on the country, welcomed the move and granted Saleh's forces air support in fierce battles that later took place.

 

But for Saleh, known for his political cunning, the gamble proved to be a fatal move.

 

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