Former Yemen Leader, Ali Saleh Killed In On-going Civil War

Ex-president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has reportedly been killed in clashes with the rival Houthi movement, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Footage on social media on Monday appeared to show a body resembling Saleh, with one video showing how armed militiamen used a blanket to move the corpse into the back of a pickup truck.

Citing Houthi officials, Houthi-controlled al-Masirah TV announced the “end of the crisis of the treason militia and the killing of its leader”.

There was no independent confirmation of his death, save for the images of his body circulated on social media.

Saleh’s party earlier denied that their leader had been killed after Houthi fighters blew up his house in the capital, Sana’a, saying he was continuing to lead forces in their clashes against the Houthis in the capital, Sana’a.

Al Jazeera reports that the head of the former president’s security detail, Hussein al-Hamidi, was also killed in the attack.

Until last week, Mr Saleh’s supporters had been fighting alongside the Houthis in a war against Yemen’s current President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Earlier on Monday, a Sana’a-based activist claimed that the Houthi rebels had gained control of the majority of the country’s capital from Saleh’s forces.

“Only small pockets remain,” Hussain Albukhaiti, who has close ties to the Iranian-backed Houthis, added.

Albukhaiti said that fighters had secured key areas south of the capital, including the “very strategic” Al-Mesbahi residential area, which is approximately 200 metres from Saleh’s home.

“The area around his home is completely surrounded and may be taken over by the Houthis within the next few hours,” he said.

Saleh ruled Yemen for more than three decades and played a pivotal role in the country’s ongoing civil war.

More than 8,670 people have been killed and 49,960 injured since a Saudi-led coalition backing Mr Hadi intervened in the conflict in 2015, according to the UN.

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