Yemen ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by rebel forces

Media Advisor to the Yemeni Supreme Political Council, Ahmed al-Habishi, announced Monday that former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in the area controlled by UAE air force.

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".

Footage on social media appeared to show the former leader's body wrapped in a blanket with a large wound on the side of his head.

Meanwhile, Ali Abdullah Saleh's son Khaled has been reported wounded and captured by the Houthi rebels from the Ansar Allah movement, Al Mayadeen said.

Gun battles between the Houthis and Saleh loyalists erupted in the capital Sanaa on December 3 as residents reported a "street war" between the former allies.

The GPC officials said Saleh was killed south of the capital Sanaa along with the assistant secretary-general of the GPC, Yasser al-Awadi.

Residents in the capital of Sanaa mired in the humanitarian catastrophe said that they had witnessed the explosion at Saleh's home.

Saleh had on Saturday issued his message to the Saudi-led coalition in a speech broadcast from the studios.

Conflict in Yemen
Conflict in Yemen

He says that the Yemeni people in Sana'a and in all the provinces have carried out an uprising against the aggression (of the Houthis) toward the nation in the three years after (President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi) Hadi fled the country, during which time salaries have not been paid, food, water and medicine have become scarce, insecurity has reigned, and children have been drafted to fight.

Yemen's then President Ali Abdullah Saleh gestures during a gathering of supporters in Sanaa February 20, 2011.

Houthi rebels in Yemen said they had fired a cruise missile at a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, in their first attempt to target United Arab Emirates soil since a two-year conflict began.

But even without Saleh's loyalists, the rebels remain a powerful force.

Yemen has since been rocked by rebel infighting.

Saudi Arabia views the Houthis as an Iranian proxy located just next door.

Almost one million people have been infected by cholera in Yemen this year, including more than 2,200 people who have died, according to the World Health Organization.

  • Tracy Klein