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Yemen's Houthi leader hails ex-president's death

Yemen's Houthi leader hails ex-president's death

Yasser al-Awadi, the assistant secretary-general of Saleh's political party, the General People's Congress (GPC), was also killed in the attack. He continued to be a leader despite being forced to resign as a result of the people's protests.Moreover, after an attempt to assassinate him in Al-Nahdeen Mosque, everyone thought Saleh was done, but he spent months receiving treatment for his burns at Riyadh Military Hospital and surprised everyone with his return to continue to rule Sanaa and lead political and military battles.

Saleh was killed by Houthis in a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and shooting attack on his auto at a checkpoint outside Sana'a, according to Al Jazeera. Saleh's death was announced by the Houthi rebels who have been fighting Saleh's forces for the past week.

The staement read "Saleh and his supporters have been killed by Houthis rebels".

"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 statement said.

Yemenis in the war-torn country's capital crowded into basements overnight as Saudi-led fighter jets pounded the positions of Houthi rebels, who are now fighting forces loyal to a former president for control of the city.

The murder of Saleh has a different impact on Saudi Arabia and Iran, some analysts said.

A Yemeni man inspects his damaged store near the residence of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa Yemen Monday Dec. 4 2017. Witnesses say that fighting has subsided in the Yemeni capital Sanaa hours after the announcement of the

Yemen's civil war has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015, displaced more than two million people, caused a cholera outbreak infecting almost one million people and put the country on the brink of starvation. In late 2014, Saleh allied with the Houthi militants and seized power from the internationally recognized government led by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. His brief turn against the Houthis and realignment with the Saudi-backed central government seemed to be part of a strategy by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the leaders of the United Arab Emirates to turn the tide of the war and isolate the rebels. Three days earlier, Saleh had turned against his Houthi rebel allies, switching sides in a conflict that has been raging for roughly three years. 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.

"You can not say this is the end of his political movement, but it's a very big blow", he said.

Nevertheless, the murder of Saleh means that Iran has won in Yemen so far, he added.

"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.

The tactical alliance between Saleh and the Houthis had often appeared fragile, with both groups suspicious of each other's ultimate motives and sharing little ideological ground. One of his sons was also reportedly shot and taken captive by the Houthis. "Before there were two leaderships, two different agendas, two different ways how to win the war".

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