Ex-president of Yemen killed by rebels

Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy'
IRGC Commander Reacts To The Death of Yemen's Saleh
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05 December, 2017

He sent a video purportedly showing Saleh's body being carried away by a group of armed men chanting, "God is Great".

The staement read "Saleh and his supporters have been killed by Houthis rebels". The development was confirmed by Saleh's General People's Congress party.

He did not mention Mr Saleh's death.

"It is not unusual or surprising that Saleh turns back on a partnership he never believed in", the group's political bureau said in a statement. It gave no further details.

Yemenis in the war-torn country's capital crowded into basements overnight as Saudi-led fighter jets pounded the positions of Houthi rebels, who are now fighting forces loyal to a former president for control of the city.

Residents reported that the situation in Sanaa had calmed.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than three decades, was among the strongmen caught in the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.

The coalition will either have to continue waging a grinding war, possibly trying big offensives against Houthi-held areas at the risk of high civilian casualties, or offer compromises to bring the powerful Houthis to the negotiating table.

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The Houthis, who are believed to be backed by Iran, stormed Sanaa in September 2014.

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.

In a speech on Saturday the 75-year-old abandoned Iran-aligned Houthi allies in favour of a Saudi-led coalition, saying 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. But, since they entered it, they seized arms stores, won loyalties and laid down their plans for the day in which they would fight Saleh and probably assassinate him and take over the capital.He dramatically changed the map of the war in Yemen the night he announced on TV that he accepted reconciliation, and assassinating him will not change this.

Three months later, following Saudi-led coalition air raids on his home in Sanaa, Saleh officially announced for the first time the establishment of his alliance with the Houthis.

"You can not say this is the end of his political movement, but it's a very big blow", he said.

Yaseen Al-Tamimi, a Yemeni political writer and analyst, said Iran will seek to keep its successes in Yemen.

The tactical alliance between Saleh and the Houthis had often appeared fragile, with both groups suspicious of each other's ultimate motives and sharing little ideological ground.

"We have notified the leader of the traitor and criminal militias to retract, be wise, to stop his militias from continuing committing crimes", he said. It was said that they were the strongest party, and that any attempt at driving them out would lead to a bloody war between the two parties in the city's historic streets.


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