Yemen's Saleh killed in ambush

Smoke rises during the battle between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters and the Houthi fighters in Sanaa Yemen

Yemen's Saleh killed in ambush

Yemen's Houthi rebels say former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled the country for more than three decades and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing civil war, has been killed. Three days earlier, Saleh had turned against his Houthi rebel allies, switching sides in a conflict that has been raging for roughly three years.

A senior official with Yemen's internationally-recognized government confirmed to The Associated Press that Saleh had been killed.

"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. He was forced to resign after months of protests against him during an Arab Spring uprsing in 2011.

The whereabouts of Saleh's son, and political heir, Tareq, who was leading the fight against the Houthis in the capital at the head of the Presidential Guard regiment remain unclear.

In a televised speech Monday, Houthi leader Abdel Malek al Houthi declared victory against Saleh.

Footage circulating on social media appeared to display a body resembling Saleh, with one video showing how armed militiamen used a blanket to move the corpse into the back of a pick-up truck.

Yasser al-Awadi, the GPC's assistant secretary-general, was also killed. "No one will defeat it then", Al-Beel said.

Residents reported that the situation in Sanaa had calmed.

Ali Abdullah Saleh addresses a rally held to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of his General People's Congress party in Sanaa Yemen

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press.

Military and government sources said the army would advance on Sanaa from the east and northeast, with at least seven battalions ordered to move forward. He also called for the opening of the roads and crossings for relief boats to reach the city and for commercial traffic. Yet, by all accounts, the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia taking place inside the country looks set to intensify. Therefore, Houthis finally chose to kill him; not because he turned against them, but because he is capable of destroying their political project.Days ago, Saleh changed the map when he annulled his alliance with Houthis. He did not mention Mr Saleh's death.

Al-Houthi 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".

Unverified footage circulated showing his bloodied body, just days after he tore up his alliance with the Houthis following almost three years in which they had jointly battled the Saudi-led coalition.

A proxy war in Yemen between the two regional powers will only deepen the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, such as starvation.

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok tweeted.

Worldwide aid groups warned Monday they were losing the ability to reach civilians in Sanaa. "This latest violence couldn't come at a worse time".

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