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Former Yemeni President Saleh Killed in Sana’a

Former Yemeni President Saleh Killed in Sana’a

Monday, 4 December, 2017 - 16:15
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Reuters)

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday by the Houthi militias.

Sources from his General People’s Congress announced that he was killed during the ongoing battles in the capital Sana’a. They did not disclose details about his death.

Social media websites posted photos and videos showing Saleh’s corpse with signs of severe injuries that led to his death.

His death came hours after the Houthis bombed his residence in central Sana’a. The houses of his relatives in the capital were also stormed and seized.

There have been conflicting reports about how he was killed. Some reports speculated that he may have been killed by a sniper gunshot, not in his house explosion.

The General People’s Congress announced later on Monday that a successor to Saleh will be announced within days.

“His death has fueled the anger of the Yemenis against the Houthis,” it added.

Sana’a has since Wednesday been witnessing fierce clashes between the Houthi militants and Saleh supporters, leaving hundreds dead and injured.

On Saturday, Saleh announced that he was ready to open a new page of ties with the Saudi-led coalition aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen, effectively ending his three-year alliance with the Iran-backed Houthis.

Saleh, 75, ruled Yemen from 1978 until 2011.

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