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Former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh killed while fleeing to Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s former leader has been killed while allegedly attempting to flee the country, days after ending an alliance with Houthi rebels.

Ali Abdullah Saleh led the country for more than three decades, until the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

Houthi-run Masirah TV reported he had been killed on Monday, and the news was confirmed by Yemen’s internationally recognised government.

Video released by the Houthis allegedly shows the slain body of Mr Saleh being wrapped in a blanket and put on the back of a pick-up truck, while people chant “God is great”.

Houthi sources said rebel fighters had stopped Mr Saleh’s armoured vehicle with an RPG rocket and then shot him dead.

Meanwhile, top Houthi media official Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnomi confirmed the former leader was killed near Marib, which borders Saudi Arabia.

He said: “He was trying to flee to Saudi.”

Officials in Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party said he was killed outside Sanaa.

Mr Saleh had announced the end of his alliance with Iran-backed Houthis on Saturday, which sparked warnings of retribution.

He had joined the ranks of his former enemies in 2014, to drive the Saudi-backed government out of the capital. 

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