Ali Abdullah Saleh killed in UAE controlled area

Ruben Ruiz
December 5, 2017

The party of Yemen's former president and strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday confirmed that he has been killed.

The fighting that led to Saleh's death also apparently allowed the Houthis gain control of the majority of Yemen's capital Sanaa.

After he was forced from power in 2011, Saleh reemerged several years later as a militia leader, allying himself with the Iranian-allied Houthis and driving Yemen's internationally recognized government from power.

Yemen is one of the Middle East's poorest countries, and the war has caused one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of recent years.

Meanwhile, Ali Abdullah Saleh's son Khaled has been reported wounded and captured by the Houthi rebels from the Ansar Allah movement, Al Mayadeen said.

The wider Yemen conflict pits the Houthi-Saleh alliance against the Saudi-backed government of Hadi. Security forces reported at least 60 dead in the fighting.

Mr Hadi's forces, trying to take advantage of the collapse of the alliance, announced they would march on Sanaa.

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The Houthis have also seized the homes of Saleh and some of his family members in a southern district of Sanaa - the so-called Political District - which witnessed some of the heaviest clashes.

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.

"Saleh's actions in Yemen, in working with his former opponents the Houthis, were complicating numerous efforts at resolving the conflict", Harrison Akins, a researcher with the Howard Baker Center, told Newsweek.

Saudi forces have been widely accused of committing war crimes during the campaign in the country, where reports on the ground suggest they have blown up worldwide hospitals, funerals, schools, and weddings.

The Saleh-Houthi split sparked fears of a new front in the Yemen war, which has already claimed more than 8,750 lives since the Saudi-led coalition intervened.

While some sources affiliated to Saudi lead coalition tried to accuse Yemeni popular Committees of Saleh's killing, all facts on the ground shows he has been killed by Saudi mercenaries.

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