Yemen ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by rebel forces

Yemen ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by rebel forces

A video circulating online purported to show Mr Saleh's body, his eyes open but glassy, motionless with a gaping head wound, as he was being carried in a blanket by rebel fighters chanting "God is great" who then dump him into a pickup vehicle.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the deposed president of Yemen who ruled for more than three decades, has died in the latest outbreak of violence in the country's civil war, members of Saleh's political party said Monday. Otherwise, he says that the government must impose security in tandem with the people, if the militias (supporting Saleh) don't put down their arms. Blood stained his shirt under a dark suit.

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

Meanwhile, Ali Abdullah Saleh's son Khaled has been reported wounded and captured by the Houthi rebels from the Ansar Allah movement, Al Mayadeen said.

Mr Saleh ruled Yemen for more than 30 years.

Reports in Iranian media and Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, also claimed that the leader had been killed.

Saleh on Saturday broke a three-year alliance with the Iran-backed Huthis, opening the door to negotiations with neighbouring Saudi Arabia for the lifting of a crippling blockade.

The fighting that led to Saleh's death also apparently allowed the Houthis gain control of the majority of Yemen's capital Sanaa.

Saleh's announcement was welcomed by the Saudi-led coalition, which has struggled to achieve any progress against the Houthi-Saleh alliance that had controlled most of northern Yemen since 2015 and forced president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee into exile. He remained in the country, however, and continued to wield power from behind the scenes.

The rift appeared to be part of a plan by the Saudi-led coalition, which was fighting against the Houthis, to turn the tide of the war in their favor. Iran has denied the accusations.

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

"In addition, the fault lines of the conflict pre-date Saleh's involvement with the Houthis and numerous foreign powers involved in the Yemeni conflict are driven by their own strategic interests in the region", he added.



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