Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade

Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade

Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade

The leader of Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels says his forces have killed the country's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh for his "treason".

There are expectations in Yemen that Maj Gen Saleh will now return to Yemen to lead a battle against the Houthis to take revenge for the killing of his father. Speaking before the large rally, al-Houthi said that Saleh was "deceived... we hadn't hoped for what happened".

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting to defeat the Iran-backed Houthis - at one point allied with ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces in Yemen - since March 2015.

Media reported that the Houthis had made a condition that the body of the politician could be given to his family only if his burial was attended only by his family.

Photos and Videos of the brutal assassination went viral on social media, shortly after announcing his death by the rebel militia. The coalition has been striking Houthi positions, hoping that Saleh's loyalists might allow forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to return to the capital.

ANALYSTS and commentators have rightly pointed out that killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former Yemeni president, removes the country's most important political figure for four decades from a complex equation that has plunged the Arab world's poorest nation into conflict and sparked the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

But that alliance unravelled over the last week, with heavy fighting across the capital, and Saleh was reportedly shot dead by Huthi fighters after he fled the city.

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Saleh was killed on Monday after he tried to break off the alliance with the Houthis and negotiate with the Saudi coalition.

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

The end of the alliance between the Houthis and Saleh might have tilted the three-year civil war in favor of Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Saudi-led coalition.

Saleh's oldest son meanwhile pledged in a declaration sent to Reuters to fight the Houthis and liberate all territory held by the rebels. That helped propel Yemen into the ruinous civil war that has spread hunger and disease among its 28 million people.

Saleh's slaying likely gives the rebels the upper hand in the dayslong fighting for the country's capital, Sanaa.

However, in late November, the tensions between the former allies escalated and resulted in clashes that have already claimed lives of hundreds of people, including the ex-president himself.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday, more than 230 people have been killed and around 400 injured in the Yemen war since the beginning of this month.

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