Yemen leader orders advance on Sanaa as predecessor killed

Yemen leader orders advance on Sanaa as predecessor killed

Yemen leader orders advance on Sanaa as predecessor killed

Houthi fighters and people look at an armored personnel carrier damaged by recent clashes with forces loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen December 5, 2017. The loyalists of Saleh last week had proposed for the talks with the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis to end the three-year conflict in Yemen.

On Monday, Leader of Yemen's Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, said the movement has managed to thwart a major threat to the country's security by defeating the plot hatched by former president, Saleh, and his militia.

The government also reached out to Saleh's supporters with an offer of amnesty.

Saleh and the Houthis used to be allies in the struggle against the government headed by President Abd-Rabbu Hadi.

Speaking before a gathering of supporters, al-Houthi says: "We knew that they were deceived. we hadn't hoped for what happened".

Faiqa al-Sayyid, a leader in Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) party, said Saleh "was martyred in the defence of the republic". They chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Under persistent bombing and a military blockade by the coalition, thousands of civilians in the capital of Sanaa and other Houthi-controlled areas have been killed by airstrikes, starvation and disease.

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Defense Spokesperson said, "The operation against terrorists is going on and so far they haven't recovered dead body of any terrorists".

A senior official with Yemen's internationally-recognized government confirmed to The Associated Press that Saleh had been killed. Armed men could be seen loading the body into the back of a pick-up truck in an empty, sandy lot. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was circulating widely.

Saleh was forced to step down in 2012 after his forces waged a bloody crackdown on peaceful Arab Spring-inspired protests calling for his ouster. In 2014, his forces allied with the Houthis despite the fact that as president he had gone to war with them on more than one occasion.

The ICRC said on Tuesday that another 400 people have been wounded in the clashes, which first erupted last week as the alliance between the rebels and Saleh's followers crumbled.

The Saudi-led coalition warned the city's residents to evacuate rebel-controlled areas, as global aid groups warned Monday they were losing the ability to reach civilians in Sanaa.

Saleh was killed as fighting raged between his forces and the Iran-backed Houthis for control of the capital - a new front in the war.

Suze van Meegen, Sanaa-based protection and advocacy adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council, said Monday that the violence left aid workers trapped inside their homes and was "completely paralyzing humanitarian operations".

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