Leader of Yemen forces loyal to Saleh is dead, says GPC

Leader of Yemen forces loyal to Saleh is dead, says GPC

Leader of Yemen forces loyal to Saleh is dead, says GPC

Yemen's minister of information called upon the Houthi armed group to release the journalists and urged global organisations to "leave the status of passive onlookers and take acts to press the militias to stop tormenting all the Yemeni journalists", Muammar Al- Eryani told Saba Net.

Although the conflict began as a civil war between Shiite Houthis and the government of Saudi-backed former President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, it has morphed into a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which has lent support to the Houthis.

Media reported that the Houthis had made a condition that the body of the politician could be given to his family only if his burial was attended only by his family.

Saleh's body, which had appeared in a video by the militias with a gaping head wound, was taken to a rebel-controlled military hospital.

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen for more than two years.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Tuesday that Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called the killing of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and others "an adverse development" that will "constitute a considerable change to the political dynamics in Yemen".

Officials from Saleh's General People's Congress party said he died in an attack south of the capital, Sanaa.

Saleh ruled Yemen for more than three decades until an Arab Spring uprising forced him to step down in 2012.

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Former Yemeni president said to have been killed
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.

Saudi Arabia, accusing Iran of backing the rebels, intervened in Yemen on behalf of the government the following year.

The proxy war between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran has already killed more than 10,000 people, with more than 2 million displaced.

The extent of Iranian support to the Houthis has been debated, but the USA and Britain have assisted the Saudi-led coalition with intelligence and refueling support for its airstrikes.

Saleh's former Houthi Shiite allies claim he was killed for "treason" for reportedly seeking to switch alliance to the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Houthis for almost three years. The coalition threw its support behind Saleh when he turned on the rebels, and may now back his son.

The bloody conflict has left impoverished Yemen as the world's leading humanitarian disasters with millions of people facing starvation. They briefly lost control of much of the city in the recent fighting with Saleh supporters before making a dramatic comeback.

"They obviously care about US support", Corker said.

At least 234 people have been killed and more than 400 wounded in fighting in Sanaa since the beginning of the month, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.

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