Death of former Yemeni president confirmed, his son reportedly captured by rebels
06 December, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Irene Delgado
A Houthi militant mans a checkpoint as clashes with forces loyal to Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, continue in Sanaa on December 4, 2017.
Footage has emerged on social media showing armed militiamen unfurling a blanket containing the dead body of the former president, while shouting, 'Praise God!'
Ali Abdullah Saleh resigned from the presidency of the nation in 2012 after the Arab Spring, but has recently come back to the fore after rebels ousted in predecessor three years later.
Houthi went on to blast Saleh for betraying the loyalty of those he had worked with and claimed the ordinary people of the capital could not understand how he had changed sides after three years of denouncing the Saudi-led coalition.
Saleh said Saturday that he was ready to talk to the Saudi-led coalition if it lifts a crippling blockade imposed on the impoverished country last month after a rebel missile was shot down near Riyadh.
Unverified footage circulated showing his bloodied body, 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.
Abdul-Malek al-Houthi described Saleh's killing by Houthi forces as a 'historic defeat to the forces of the coalition, ' referring to the Saudi-led alliance.
It was unclear how Saleh's death would impact that plan. He added that he had sent several warnings to Saleh.
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According to Al Mayadeen, the Houthi-controlled Interior Ministry has issued a statement saying that there was a plot to ignite feuds in Sana's.
Internal rifts have shaken the fragile alliance between the Houthis and Saleh loyalists, who joined ranks in 2014 to seize Sanaa. The rebels later said they had blown up Saleh's home.
Aid flights in and out of Sanaa airport had been suspended, the world body said in a statement following its appeal for a humanitarian pause on Tuesday.
McGoldrick warned the warring parties that any deliberate attacks on civilians and against civilian and medical infrastructure are "clear violations of worldwide humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes".
Circumstances for the alleged death of Saleh, who was the leader of Yemen and its precursor Yemen Arab Republic for decades and cooperated with the USA, were not immediately clear.
Warfare between the erstwhile allies has torn densely populated Sanaa for days, with Houthi fighters seizing control of much of the capital and on Monday blowing up Mr Saleh's house. The following day the Houthis began to dramatically reverse the Saleh loyalists' gains, however.
In 2014, his forces allied with the Houthis despite the fact that as president he had gone to war with them on more than one occasion.
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The Houthis accused Mr Saleh of betrayal, and vowed to keep up the fight against the Saudi-led coalition. The two groups had been fighting the Hadi government for almost three years under an uneasy alliance.
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