Yemeni ex-president killed after switching sides in civil war

Commander of Saleh forces killed in Yemen party

Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy'

A dominant figure in Yemen, Saleh, 75, ruled the country for more than three decades before being deposed in 2012.

"It is not unusual or surprising that Saleh turns back on a partnership he never believed in", the group's political bureau said in a statement. 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.

Yemen's ex-president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed by Houthi rebels on Monday as he fled heavy fighting in Sanaa after the collapse of his alliance with the Iran-backed insurgents. Two of Saleh's associates have confirmed and a third official from the government of Yemen's internationally recongnized president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has also confirmed.

However, evidence analysed by a research team of missile experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, indicate that the missile's warhead flew unimpeded over Saudi defences and almost hit its target, Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport, according to the report.

"Iran's influence in Yemen poses a serious threat to Saudi national security".

The Houthi rebels had similarly fired a missile towards Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh last month, which the official media then said was intercepted by the kingdom's air defence.

The Saudi-led coalition welcomed Saleh's change of stance.

"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.

Former leader killed in grenade and gun attack, Houthis say, as death is also confirmed by Saleh's own political party. The assassination of Saleh aims to thwart the reconciliation project.As long as we realize that Saleh's assassination aimed to thwart reconciliation, we must work toward making it succeed.What Saleh did in the last four days before his assassination is the most important event since the war erupted three years ago.

In response, Saudi Arabia is expected to mobilize and support all forces and political groups opposing the Houthis, he said.

Without mentioning Saleh by name, al-Houthi said that he knew about Saleh's communication with the coalition and his efforts to turn against the Houthi group.

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

"He was martyred in the defense of the republic", said Faiqa al-Sayyid, a GPC leader. It will be recorded in history books that the Saleh era in Yemen was torn down in a bloody civil war, amid a catastrophic humanitarian crisis the likes of which should never come to pass in the 21st century. Two thirds of the Yemeni population are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.

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