Ex-Yemeni President Killed by Huthi Rebels

Casey Dawson
December 5, 2017

But in recent months, the alliance frayed amid Houthi suspicions Saleh was leaning toward the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi.

The source said that clashes had renewed on Saturday between the Houthis and Saleh's supporters in the Yemeni capital Sana'a.

The party of Yemen's former president and strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday confirmed that he has been killed.

Yemen's Houthi-run Interior Ministry said Saleh was killed in the fighting that broke out between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to Saleh last week. He added that he had sent several warnings to Saleh.

He stressed that the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, have no enmity toward Saleh's party, the General People's Congress, which was Yemen's ruling party under Saleh but is now divided.

Saleh had previously been aligned with the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels before switching sides to an Saudi-led coalition in the country's blood-soaked civil war.

The forces of the former Yemeni president regained control over the cities and areas under the control of the Houthis.

Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh's has been reported killed. "He was trying to flee to Saudi", he said.

Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Dec. 3 2017 during clashes between Huthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh

Graphic video shared on social media showed the body of Saleh being carried in the back of a pick-up vehicle.

Gun battles between the Houthis and Saleh loyalists erupted in the capital Sanaa on December 3 as residents reported a "street war" between the former allies. It gave no further details.

One shows a group of fighters carrying the body in a sheet proclaiming "God is Great".

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press.

The 75-year-old Saleh had previously ruled Yemen for more than three decades after the country's unification but was toppled in 2012 after popular and political pressure during the so-called Arab Spring.

But even without Saleh's loyalists, the rebels remain a powerful force and it is unclear how much the break with Saleh weakens them.

However, he soon allied with the Houthis, with whom he had fought six wars while president, to fight the new Saudi-backed government of Abd Rabbuh Hadi, his former vice-president.

The Saudis, who have been criticized for exacerbating the crisis and stopping humanitarian aid to citizens, had recently been bombing Houthi positions in support of Saleh.

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