Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed by Houthis Trying to Flee Yemen's Sanaa
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The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed on Monday in a reported RPG and gun attack while trying to flee fierce fighting between his loyalists and his former allies the Houthis in the capital Sanaa.
Graphic video shared on social media showed the body of Saleh being carried in the back of a pick-up vehicle. The man had suffered a large head wound.
The Houthi-aligned television station, al-Masirah, stated: “The interior ministry announces the end of the crisis of the treason militia and the killing of its leader and a number of his criminal partisans.”
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Officials in Saleh’s GPC party confirmed to Reuters that he was killed outside Sanaa, in what sources in the Houthi group said was an RPG and gun attack.
The GPC officials said Saleh was killed south of the capital Sanaa along with the assistant secretary-general of the GPC, Yasser al-Awadi.
Sources in the Houthi group said fighters stopped his armoured vehicle with an RPG rocket and then shot him dead.
Al-Masirah stated that Saleh was killed while trying to flee the capital for Marib province.
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