Qatar Fails to Save Yemen's Houthis
- Author: Megan Austin Dec 05, 2017,
Dec 05, 2017, 2:11
Yemen's rebel-controlled Interior Ministry says that ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a former ally turned adversary of the Huthi rebel militia, has been killed.
It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was circulating widely on social media.
Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh's has been reported killed.
The Associated Press also reported the death.
The GPC officials said Saleh was killed south of the capital Sanaa along with the assistant secretary-general of the GPC, Yasser al-Awadi.
For his part, Houthi leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi called on Saleh to end what he called "the sectarian strife" that he has instigated, and threatened to take action against his supporters militarily if he does not.
Residents in Sanaa told Reuters that Houthi fighters blew up Saleh's house in the center of the city.
Two of Saleh's associates have confirmed and a third official from the government of Yemen's internationally recognized president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has also confirmed.
Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday following clashes between Saleh loyalists and Iran-aligned Houthi militants, days after their three-year-old alliance collapsed.
"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, "Today is the day of the fall of the conspiracy of betrayal and treason".
The Houthi claim come as tensions soar between the insurgents and the Saudi-led coalition, which imposed a crippling blockade on Yemen in response to a Houthi missile that was intercepted near Riyadh airport on 4 November.
Saleh, 75, ruled Yemen for more than three decades until his ouster under popular pressure in 2012. He remained in the country, however, and continued to wield power from behind the scenes.
Yemen has been decimated by almost three years of fighting and a Saudi-led bombing campaign backed by the United States.
In this January 3, 2017 file photo, tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels chant slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts to fight pro-government forces. The fighting and bombing have killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced around 3 million people, and led to one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Iran supports the Houthis but denies arming them.
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