Ousted Yemen President Killed by Iranian-Backed Houthis


Unverified footage of his bloodied body lolling in a blanket circulated 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 that intervened to try to reinstate Yemen's internationally recognised government.

"The problem is not with the General People's Congress as a party or with its members". The new situation is critical and risky, and requires the interference of the Yemeni army and coalition forces in Sanaa, as well as working with Saleh's forces, which are still in shock.The people of Sanaa and the forces of the late Saleh have a great interest in fighting a war to reclaim their city from Houthis.

Yemen's Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi hailed the death of the group's rival, ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, as a victory against a Saudi-led coalition it has fought for almost three years. Meanwhile, aerial bombardment and blockades of Yemeni territory, carried out with the assistance of Western powers, have put millions of civilians in the impoverished country at risk of mass starvation. He remained, however, a key player in the years that followed and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing conflict.

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.

The Houthis, who are believed to be backed by Iran, stormed Sanaa in September 2014.

Saleh who ruled with an iron fist for three decades had joined forces with the Shiite Huthi rebels in 2014
Saleh who ruled with an iron fist for three decades had joined forces with the Shiite Huthi rebels in 2014

Fighting erupted between the Iranian-allied Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh last week, unraveling their fragile alliance, formed in the face of the internationally-recognized government and Saudi-led coalition. Saudi-led aircraft continued to fly overhead.

Speaking from Sanaa, Hakim al-Masmari, editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post, described Saleh as "probably the most powerful person" in Yemen and said the reports of his death had left the country "in shock and awe".

"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. He also succeeded in playing rivals off against one another and positioning himself as a counterterrorism ally of the United States, while also aligning with Iran and other parties when necessary.

Mack told VOA, before news of Mr. Saleh's death, the former president "wanted to have one chance to restore his reputation, which has been terribly, terribly damaged during the past decade. Before there were two leaderships, two different agendas, two different ways how to win the war".

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