Monday, 11 December, 2017

Yemen's Saleh says ready for 'new page' with Saudi-led coalition

Yemen fighting will lead to 'more tragedy' IRGC Commander Reacts To The Death of Yemen's Saleh
Lillian Steele | 05 December, 2017, 02:31

Ali Abdullah Saleh survived for decades as Yemen's strongman, the master of shifting alliances and playing both sides - or flipping sides freely - in the multiple guerrilla conflicts and civil wars that tore apart his impoverished nation throughout his life.

Sources in Mr Saleh's party confirmed he died in an attack on his convoy. His death came at the hand of Houthi militiamen who were pursuing him and a number of close aides as they attempted to flee fighting inside the capital Sanaa.

According to Al-Jazeera, Saleh was killed by the rebels in a rocket-propelled grenade and shooting attack on his vehicle at a checkpoint outside Sanaa.

"The problem is not with the General People's Congress as a party or with its members".

In a statement read out on a Houthi television network, the interior ministry announced the "killing" of "Saleh and his supporters". Therefore, Houthis finally chose to kill him; not because he turned against them, but because he is capable of destroying their political project.Days ago, Saleh changed the map when he annulled his alliance with Houthis. Meanwhile, aerial bombardment and blockades of Yemeni territory, carried out with the assistance of Western powers, have put millions of civilians in the impoverished country at risk of mass starvation.

The end of their alliance had seemed poised to transform the fortunes of war after two years of attrition along mostly static front lines, which gave the Saudi-led coalition a new advantage over the Houthis. He remained, however, a key player in the years that followed and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing conflict.

The breakdown of the alliance has led the coalition to step up its bombing of Houthi positions, in support of Saleh's forces.

Fighting erupted between the Iranian-allied Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh last week, unraveling their fragile alliance, formed in the face of the internationally-recognized government and Saudi-led coalition.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition intervened to reinstate Hadi's government. He did not mention Mr Saleh's death.

But the head of the Houthis' Ansarullah group warned that the biggest victor from what he described as Saleh's "sedition" was the Saudi-led coalition.

Former U.S. Diplomat David Mack, now with the Middle East Institute, told VOA Saleh was "one of the smartest political operatives in the Arab world", and the former president believed he had been unjustly driven from office by countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in accord with the United States.

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