Ex-president of Yemen killed by rebels

Ex-president of Yemen killed by rebels

Ex-president of Yemen killed by rebels

Sources in the Houthi militia said its fighters stopped Mr Saleh's armoured vehicle with an RPG rocket outside the embattled capital Sanaa and then shot him dead.

Speaking later on television, President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, the leader of the internationally recognized government, called on Yemenis to unite against the Huthis.

The fighting continued on Monday, with reports of heavy clashes and coalition strikes against Huthi-controlled government buildings and around Sanaa airport.

Yemen's Houthi rebels, Saleh's one-time allies who turned on him after he reached out to their enemy, Saudi Arabia, said they had ambushed and killed him in a grenade assault on his motorcade, apparently as he was trying to flee to an area outside Sanaa. The new situation is critical and unsafe, and requires the interference of the Yemeni army and coalition forces in Sanaa, as well as working with Saleh's forces, which are still in shock.The people of Sanaa and the forces of the late Saleh have a great interest in fighting a war to reclaim their city from Houthis.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press. Therefore, Houthis finally made a decision to kill him; not because he turned against them, but because he is capable of destroying their political project.Days ago, Saleh changed the map when he annulled his alliance with Houthis.

It was a bitter end for the former president who had ruled the north of Yemen and then a united north and south for almost 34 years.

On Saturday, Saleh appeared to change sides once more.

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That dealt a serious blow to his already fragile alliance with rebel chief Abdul Malik al-Huthi.

Any hope of the coalition that Mr Saleh could have been bought off to help turn the tables against the Houthis after a protracted stalemate, in which a Saudi-led blockade and internal fighting has exposed millions to hunger and epidemic, has been dashed.

Unverified footage of his bloodied body lolling in a blanket circulated just days after he tore up his alliance with the Houthis following almost three years in which they had jointly battled the Saudi-led coalition that intervened to try to reinstate Yemen's internationally recognised government.

"Today marked the failure of the conspiracy and treason, a black day for the forces of aggression", he said on Al-Masirah.

The conflict has pushed Yemen to the brink of mass starvation and triggered what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok tweeted. "This latest violence couldn't come at a worse time".

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