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Yemeni sources: Nephew of slain ex-president alive

Yemeni sources: Nephew of slain ex-president alive
From Al Jazeera - January 3, 2018

Tribal sources in the Yemeni province of Marib have told Al Jazeera that Tareq Abdullah Saleh, the commander of the Presidential Guard and nephew of late ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, is still alive - contrary to earlier reports of his demise.

Sources said a photo circulated on social media of TareqAbdullahSalehwounded during the same attack that killedthe ex-president on December 4 is old.

They confirmed that Tareq AbdullahSaleh left the capital, Sanaa, to Marib on December 7 with several of his aides, three days after the killing of his uncle by Houthi rebels.

The sources added that forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stationed in Marib facilitated Tareq's departure by providing a plane on which he flew to the Gulf country.

The sources did not clarify whether Tareq remains in the UAE.

Two days before Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by the Houthis, the ousted president publicly broke ties with his former allies and expressed his openness to talks with a Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels since 2015.

'Period of mistrust'

According to sources in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Saudi Arabia were keen on negotiating with international and Yemeni players to give a political role to the late president's son, Ahmed.

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