Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed

Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed
Mon Dec 4, 2017 17:34:23

Yemen’s Interior Ministry has issued a statement confirming the death of the country's ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in capital Sana'a.

Press Association -- Yemen’s 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, the country’s Interior Ministry has said.

The Interior Ministry further said in its statement that Saleh had been creating “chaos” in the country through cooperating with “militias of aggression” and by providing help to “extremist militias.”

The ministry added that the Yemeni forces, backed by fighters from the popular Ansarullah Houthi movement, were in full control of all positions previously held by Saleh’s militias in Sana’a.

Masirah TV announced the death of the “leader of the traitors” on Monday, referring to Mr Saleh.

It gave no further details.

A senior official with Yemen’s Saudi-backed forces confirmed Mr Saleh had been killed.

He sent a video purportedly showing Mr Saleh’s body being carried away by a group of armed men chanting, “God is Great”.

Mr Saleh ruled Yemen for more than three decades until he was forced to resign following an Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

He remained in the country, however, and continued to wield power from behind the scenes.

 Since November 29, armed clashes sparked by forces loyal to Saleh, have continued against Houthi forces that are at the forefront of a retaliatory war against the Saudi-led military coalition.

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