Ali Abdullah Saleh killed in UAE controlled area

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Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday by gunmen of Ansar Allah al-Houthi group after the bombing of his home in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

"The leader of treason has been killed", Houthis' TV network al-Masriah said.

A video circulating online purported to show Mr Saleh's body, his eyes open but glassy, motionless with a gaping head wound, as he was being carried in a blanket by rebel fighters chanting "God is great" who then dump him into a pickup vehicle.

Several Houthi military officials said Mr Saleh was killed as he headed along with top party leaders from Sanaa to his hometown of Sanhan, nearby. The Houthis' Interior Ministry said Saleh was killed by rebels from the Shiite group.

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.

BBC World Service journalist Mai Noman said: "Saleh's death: shocking not just bec he ruled #Yemen for over 30yrs, he's been the key player in every major event even after being ousted".

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

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In late 2014, Houthis backed by Saleh loyalists captured the capital, prompting Yemen's internationally recognized government led by Hadi to flee to Aden.

Saleh had previously been aligned with the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels before switching sides to an Saudi-led coalition in the country's blood-soaked civil war.

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

Yemenis in the war-torn country's capital crowded into basements overnight as Saudi-led fighter jets pounded the positions of Houthi rebels, who are now fighting forces loyal to a former president for control of the city. He remained in the country, however, and continued to wield political power from behind the scenes.

The rebel alliance splintered last week, setting off heavy clashes between the Houthis and Saleh's forces.

The fighting has killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and raised concern of further casualties among civilians.

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