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Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed by Rebels

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed by Rebels
From TIME - December 4, 2017

(SANAA, Yemen)Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemens former president and longtime strongman, was killed Monday, according to multiple Yemeni officials, as his loyalists and Shiite rebels battled for control of the capital.

A video circulating online purported to show Salehs body, his eyes open but glassy, motionless with a gaping head wound, as he was being carried in a blanket by rebel fighters chanting God is great who then dump him into a pickup truck. Blood stained his shirt under a dark suit.

Circumstances of his death remained unclear but some officials said rebels killed him as he tried to leave the capital.

Salehs death was announced by the rebels, known as Houthis, who have been fighting Salehs forces for the past week. Two of Salehs associates have confirmed and a third official from the government of Yemens internationally recongnized president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has also confirmed.

His death and the fighting between his supporters and the Houthis puts the civil war on an unpredictable path. Saleh allied with the Houthis in the years after he was ousted from power in 2011, and the support of his loyalist military units was key to helping the Houthis overrun the capital, Sanaa, in 2014, driving out Hadis government. But in recent months, the alliance frayed amid Houthi suspicions Saleh was leaning toward the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi.

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