Ex-Yemeni president Saleh killed by allies


Houthi fighters followed him in 20 armoured vehicles, attacked and killed him and nearly all those with him, the officials said.

When the Saleh-Houthi alliance began to unravel, Mr Hadi offered the opportunity of a fresh start in relations with Mr Saleh, days before his death.

Commenting on how the Saudi-led coalition is likely to react to the death of Saleh, Shakdam pointed out that although the politician was criticized by Riyadh, he was seen as a broker capable of dealing with various political and religious factions within the country.

He added that government forces would support an "uprising" against the Houthis in Sanaa.

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.

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Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed for his "treason", the leader of the Shiite Houthi rebel group has said.

Saleh, 75, had said in a speech on Saturday that he was ready for a "new page" in ties with the coalition and called the Houthis a "coup militia", leading them to accuse him of betrayal.

Without mentioning Mr Saleh by name, he said that he knew about Mr Saleh's communication with the coalition and his efforts to turn against the Houthis.

Unverified footage circulated showing his bloodied body, 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. These arrangements won't be achieved after Saleh was assassinated unless a new alliance is formed with Saleh's forces to defeat Houthis inside Sanaa.If the trucial parties agreed on how to rule Sanaa, this will accelerate its rehabilitation and make it the country's administrative capital once again, after all government activities were previously transferred to Aden as a temporary capital.The people of Sanaa, the leaders of the General People's Congress and the commanders of Saleh's forces must realize the importance of the change Saleh adopted, which led to his assassination, and must advocate for his decision and project.What about the wild wolves, Houthis?

The assassination of Saleh aims to thwart the reconciliation project.As long as we realize that Saleh's assassination aimed to thwart reconciliation, we must work toward making it succeed.What Saleh did in the last four days before his assassination is the most important event since the war erupted three years ago.

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Sources close to Saleh said that the head of the former president's security detail, Hussein al-Hamidi, was also killed, but did not provide further details.

A senior official with Yemen's internationally-recognised government confirmed Mr Saleh had been killed.

Footage circulating on social media appeared to display a body resembling Saleh, with one video showing how armed militiamen used a blanket to move the corpse into the back of a pick-up truck.

Earlier on Monday, a Sanaa-based activist said that the Houthis had gained control of most of Sanaa from Saleh's forces. Rogue elements of the military still loyal to the former president joined forces with the Houthis to take over the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014.

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