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Houthi Militias Threaten to Kill Former Yemeni President

Houthi Militias Threaten to Kill Former Yemeni President

Saturday, 2 December, 2017 - 17:30
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Reuters)

The Houthi militias indirectly threatened on Saturday to kill formed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A spokesman for the militias said that there was a valid reason to kill the former president.

The threat came after Saleh’s General People’s Congress was able to seize control of vital positions in the capital Sana’a and his order that militia demands be rejected.

Saleh had urged the Yemeni people to rise up against the Houthis. He also called for opening a new page of ties with neighboring countries.

Saleh had during a televised appearance accused the Houthi militias of committing acts of aggression against civilians in Sana’a.

He therefore called on “all Yemenis” to rise up against them.

Clashes had been raging in Sana’a since early Saturday between the Houthi militias and supporters of the General People’s Congress.

The former president’s supporters, backed by tribal factions, seized the capital’s airport and several embassies and government buildings that had fallen in the hands of the Houthis during their coup.

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