Hadi calls on Yemenis to rise up against Houthis after Saleh's death

Faith Castro
December 5, 2017

Warfare between the erstwhile allies has torn densely populated Sanaa for days, with Houthi fighters seizing control of much of the capital and on Monday blowing up Mr Saleh's house.

In a lengthy televised speech aired on the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV network, Abdul Malek al-Houthi said his fighters killed Saleh for his "treason" and congratulated Yemenis "on this historic, exceptional and great day in which the conspiracy of betrayal and treason failed, this black day for the forces of the aggression".

Sources in Mr Saleh's party confirmed he died in an attack on his convoy.

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

Saleh was killed by Houthis in a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and shooting attack on his vehicle at a checkpoint outside Sana'a, according to Al Jazeera.

Residents reported that the situation in Sanaa had calmed. He is the former general manager of Al Arabiya news channel, and former editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, where this article is also published.

The war in Yemen, the Arab world's most destitute country, plunged into a new and uncertain chapter Monday when its former president was killed amid an explosive bout of fighting that has convulsed the capital.

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

Sayyid said Saleh and other top party officials had came under Houthi gunfire as they fled Sanaa.

Analysts said Mr Saleh's death would be a huge moral boost for the Houthis and serious blow to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the conflict to try to restore the internationally recognised President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's Government.

Saleh ruled Yemen for more than three decades until he was forced to resign following an Arab Spring uprising in 2011. He remained, however, a key player in the years that followed and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing conflict. "But this is far from over - Saleh was an icon in Yemen for millions, and so his death will not go slowly or unanswered".

On Saturday, Saleh appeared to change sides once more. Saudi-led aircraft continued to fly overhead.

"This will not bring Yemen any closer to an end in fighting", said al-Masmari. He also succeeded in playing rivals off against one another and positioning himself as a counterterrorism ally of the United States, while also aligning with Iran and other parties when necessary. "Before there were two leaderships, two different agendas, two different ways how to win the war".

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