Former Yemeni president said to have been killed

Former Yemeni president said to have been killed

Former Yemeni president said to have been killed

Warfare between the former allies has torn densely populated Sanaa for days as Houthi fighters seized control of much of the capital and on Monday blew up Mr Saleh's house while coalition jets bombed their own positions.

In a televised statement on Saturday, the former president expressed his openness to talks with a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels, in what the fighters called "a coup" against their fragile alliance. Yasser al-Awadi, the assistant secretary-general of Saleh's political party, the General People's Congress (GPC), was also killed in the attack.

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Huthi rebels on Monday, December 4, as he fled heavy fighting in Sanaa after the collapse of his alliance with the Iran-backed insurgents.

"Only small pockets remain", Hussain Albukhaiti, who has close ties to the Iranian-backed Houthis, added.

It was a bitter end for the former president who had ruled the north of Yemen and then a united north and south for almost 34 years.

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Speaking later on television, President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, the leader of the internationally recognized government, called on Yemenis to unite against the Huthis.

The coalition will either have to continue waging a grinding war, possibly trying big offensives against Houthi-held areas at the risk of high civilian casualties, or offer compromises to bring the powerful Houthis to the negotiating table.

The Houthis accused Saleh of betrayal, and vowed to keep up the fight against the Saudi-led coalition. It will support besieging Houthis in their areas in Northern Yemen in case the commanders of Saleh's army chose to fight alongside the Yemeni army.In the past few days, Saleh attempted to liberate Sanaa, which has been occupied by the coup perpetrators since 2014, when Houthi forces took over the headquarters of the First Brigade, leading to the defeat of all other military and security bodies without any resistance.Questions are today raised about how strong Houthis are in Sanaa.

But the head of the Houthis' Ansarullah group warned that the biggest victor from what he described as Saleh's "sedition" was the Saudi-led coalition.

"Let's join hands to end the control of these. criminal gangs and. open a new chapter to rid our beloved Yemen of this nightmare", Hadi said from Saudi Arabia, where he lives in exile. "We can only be sure that the Houthis are now united under one leadership". He did not mention Mr Saleh's death. "Before there were two leaderships, two different agendas, two different ways how to win the war".

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