Ex-Yemen President Saleh killed in Houthi attack

Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh addresses supporters in the capital Sanaa

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in fighting with the Iran-aligned Houthi militia raging in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Saleh ruled the country for 30 years before being forced from power in 2012 following an attempted assassination.

On Saturday, Saleh said that he was open to talks with a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels, in what the fighters called "a coup" against their fragile alliance with the former president.

Saleh's death was announced by the Houthis rebels who have been fighting Saleh's forces for the past week. He was killed during the.

Fahim reported from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 2014, his forces allied with the Houthis - despite the fact that as president he had gone to war with them on more than one occasion - to fight the internationally recognised government which has the support of a Saudi-led coalition.

He said the Houthis have put a stop to a massive plot, which represented a serious threat to the country and to its stability and security, as well as the unity of its people, by handing it over to its enemies, after they had failed to capture it in almost three years of battle.

Activists also published pictures and a video showing Saleh's body as gunmen put it behind a wheel amid cheers, in a scene reminiscent of the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.

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

Meanwhile, Mr Hadi, Yemen's president, ordered his forces to retake the capital from the Houthis, an official from his office said.

Yemen has since been rocked by rebel infighting.

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. This week's fighting reportedly left aid workers trapped inside a building and unable to administer support to civilians.

"The interior ministry announces the end of the crisis of militias and the killing of their leader and a number of his criminal supporters", an anchor said on Al-Masirah television, referring to armed supporters of Saleh.

"Saleh's actions in Yemen, in working with his former opponents the Houthis, were complicating numerous efforts at resolving the conflict", Harrison Akins, a researcher with the Howard Baker Center, told Newsweek.

Ali Abdullah Saleh was sworn in as Yemen's President in 1990 following the merger of North and South Yemen. The Houthis appeared to be targeting the homes of Saleh's family, political allies and commanders in this most recent round of fighting. "I chose to flee to Al Dhalaa province in the south of the country".

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