Houthi militias kill Yemen’s former President Saleh - Pakistan News Digest

Houthi militias kill Yemen’s former President Saleh

Sana'a (OIC-UNA) - Yemen's former President and leader of General People's Congress Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday during fierce clashes in the capital Sana'a with Houthi militias.

Sources from the Congress have confirmed the assassination of their leader, Al Arabiya Channel reported. A video showed Saleh lying on blanket surrounded by Houthi militias celebrating his death. The short clip aired on a pro-Houthi television channel appears to show Saleh had sustained a head injury, potentially a gunshot wound.

Earlier in the day, militias from Yemen's armed Houthi movement blew up the house of Saleh in the center of the capital Sana'a on Monday, residents reported. The previous night, Saleh officially announced the dissolution of his partnership with former Houthi militia allies. Zero hour is coming to the battlefield in Sana'a The country had to be saved from the madness of the Houthi group, Saleh said in statements on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, International Committee of the Red Cross has said that at least 125 have been killed and 238 wounded in fighting in Sana'a over the last five days.

New pictures spreading on Yemeni outlets purport to show the moment Houthi gunmen attacked Saleh's car, according to Al Arabiya. The tribal mediation was able to convince Saleh to leave his home in Sana'a to his hometown in Sinhan district south of the capital. The Houthis reportedly agreed to provide Saleh with safety under a tribal agreement, informed sources have said. Saleh left his house in Sana'a with only one car along with his son and two leading members of his General People's Congress party. A source said Saleh's car arrived in the area of Sayan, a few kilometers from the village of Beit al-Ahmar in Sanhan, until the entourage were stranded and blocked by seven cars filled with Houthi militants. The car that was carrying Saleh could not escape because the seven Houthi cars were completely blocking them," the source said.

Houthi militants reportedly forced the former president and his companions from their car, and were then ordered to fire their guns at Saleh's stomach and head. Several sources said at least 35 rounds of ammunition was fired. Saleh met with his confidants and party members on Monday near Sanaa's 60th Street in the early hours of the morning.

According to available information, Houthi militias began bombing Saleh's house in Sana'a with RPG grenades. After Saleh decided to go with his party leaders to his hometown Sinhan, 40 km southeast of Sana'a, the Houthi militias managed to encircle his motorcade. Clashes erupted to break the siege, where several of his bodyguards and leaders of the Congress Party were killed.

Saleh and a number of his assistants, including his brother's son, Tarek, who leads Yemen's Republican Guards, were chased by a military convoy of militias which sources said included at least 20 vehicles. Ali al-Bukhiti, leader of the Yemen's People Congress Party, said that a sniper shot at Saleh in the head, while other reports said that the Houthis arrested Saleh and a number of his assistants and then killed them at point-blank range. Houthi militias, however, said they killed Saleh by attacking his motorcade with sniper bullets and rocket-propelled grenades. A video published by the Houthis showed a scene similar to the killing of the Libyan Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, where Houthi armed men wrapped Saleh's body in a blanket and showed that Saleh had a bullet on the left side of his head.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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