Ex-Yemeni president Saleh killed by allies

A Houthi supporter dances with a traditional dagger while celebrating the death of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh a day after he was killed in Sanaa

Foes and supporters said Saleh was killed in a roadside ambush after switching sides in the civil war, abandoning his Iran-aligned Houthi allies in favour of 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. The development was confirmed by Saleh's General People's Congress party.

According to Al-Jazeera, Saleh was killed by the rebels in a rocket-propelled grenade and shooting attack on his vehicle at a checkpoint outside Sanaa.

The Houthi-run Masirah TV announced the death of the "leader of the traitors" on Monday, referring to Saleh, who until last week was in a fragile alliance with the rebels.

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". Saleh and the Houthis conducted a multi-year insurgency against the internationally-recognized government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

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The collapse of the alliance between Saleh and the rebels saw at least 100 people reported dead in fighting, accusations of betrayal and the former leader reaching out to the Saudi-led coalition. Saleh's gambit failed, however, as the Houthis were reportedly able to quell the brief uprising led by his forces. Jamie McGoldrick, Yemen's Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator for the United Nations, warned that the death of Mr. Saleh would only lead to "more tragedy" in the country. He remained, however, a key player in the years that followed and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing conflict.

Analysts said Saleh's death further diminished hopes of a resolution to the conflict, which has created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

The fresh violence has increased fears for civilian victims of Yemen's war, which has claimed more than 8,750 lives since the Saudi-led coalition intervened. 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. It was said that they were the strongest party, and that any attempt at driving them out would lead to a bloody war between the two parties in the city's historic streets.

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