Yemen's Saleh killed in ambush

05 December, 2017, 02:28 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy'

Saleh, who was forced to step down by a 2011 mass uprising against his 33 years in office, said Yemen's parliament, which is dominated by his GPC party, was the only legitimate power in the country and was ready for talks with the coalition. 6 days of fighting have left more than 125 people dead in the capital, Sanaa.

"The problem is not with the General People's Congress as a party or with its members".

Images of Saleh's lifeless body were broadcast around the world, with Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi stating in an announcement later that day that Saleh had been killed for "treason".

Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy'

The rebel alliance splintered last week, setting off heavy clashes between the Houthis and Saleh's forces.

"This is after he and his men blockaded the roads and killed civilians in a clear collaboration with the enemy countries of the coalition".

The ministry also said its forces had "taken over all the positions and strongholds of the treacherous militia in the capital, Sanna, and the surrounding areas, as well as other provinces in order to impose security". Other accounts said Saleh had been shot. They seized control of the city and eventually led President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who succeeded Saleh in 2012, to flee to Saudi Arabia.

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Speaking in a speech carried live on the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television, Hadi also called for a new chapter in the fight against the Houthis, who were allied with Saleh before he turned on them and offered to back the Saudi-led coalition. He remained, however, a key player in the years that followed and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing conflict.

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.

The Houthis accused Saleh of betrayal, and vowed to keep up the fight against the Saudi-led coalition. In recent weeks, Houthis have claimed responsibility for rocket attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which Gulf leaders have publicly accused Iran of helping facilitate. "We can only be sure that the Houthis are now united under one leadership".

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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". His death puts the exclamation point on the end of an era in Yemen that had, for all intents and purposes, already come to a close. "Before there were two leaderships, two different agendas, two different ways how to win the war".

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