Houthi Rebels Take Over Yemen Capital After Killing Ex-President Saleh

After years of fighting, the capital of Yemen, Sanaa, has reportedly fallen under control of Houthi rebel fighters, according to media citing the Interior Ministry. The Iran-backed group has allegedly retaken the city after killing former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose death was just confirmed by a party official.

Al Arabiya quoted a source in Saleh’s General Peoples Congress as saying he was killed by sniper bullets. A Houthi video distributed on social media showed what appeared to be Saleh’s body, clad in grey clothes and being carried out on a red blanket. The side of his head bore a deep wound.

As reported earlier, on Monday Houthi forces blew up Saleh’s house in Sanaa and came under aerial attack by Saudi-led coalition warplanes for a second day. 

Saleh, who unexpectedly renounced his alliance with the Houthis on Sunday and seemed to pull a "Hariri", siding with Saudi Arabia, was killed while trying to flee the capital, according to the Houthi-controlled ministry. It said their former ally “was creating chaos by working with militias of aggression” in the country, and “helping extremist militants.”

According to Reuters, the ministry accused its former ally and leader of betrayal and inciting even more violence in Yemen, and said the Houthi forces have “ended the crisis” and now control “all positions” of opposing militias. There have also been reports that the eldest son of the ex-president Ahmad Saleh, regarded as his likely successor, has been arrested. Heavy fighting has been ongoing in Sanaa in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition launching strikes on Houthi positions and having bombed Sanaa’s airport. The strikes come amid reports of extreme bloodshed in Yemen’s capital after ex-president Saleh pulled out of an alliance with the Houthi rebels.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam claimed significant gains in the battle for Sanaa on Monday.

“With the aid and approval of God, the security forces backed up by wide popular support were able last night to cleanse the areas in which the militias of treason and betrayal were deployed,” he said in a statement.

The Saudi-led air campaign has killed hundreds of civilians but has failed to secure the coalition any major gains in the nearly three-year-old campaign to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to power.

Saleh's death marks a major turning point in the war, one giving the Houthi rebels a much needed boost in the long-running proxy war.  In 2015, a Sunni-Arab coalition led by Riyadh launched a military campaign against the Shiite Houthi rebels to prevent them from controlling Yemen. The Saudi-led operation has been a major contributor to the humanitarian disaster currently plaguing the war-torn nation. Some 20 million Yemenis, including 11 million children, are in need of urgent aid, according to the World Health Organization. The UN believes that the civilian death toll from the conflict could exceed 10,000.

Comments

evoila YUNOSELL Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:22 Permalink

Accordiing to Saudi FM Al Jubeir, there are only 50K Houthi rebels in a country of 28M.....yet the KSA, with all the backing of US weaponry can't seem to make an impact. ....and they want to know why the Iranians laugh in their faces.Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUbg6AhjWKI&feature=youtu.be&t=11m18sUn… people start fighting for something they actually believe in, and not because they are being paid, they will not be able to win a war. That includes us. Give us a real reason to fight, and I'll give you a real victory. I'll throw you ZHers a nice bone to: https://forward.com/opinion/388867/jared-kushner-was-right-to-collude-w… 

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bluez Volkodav Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:05 Permalink

I don't know the numbers, but I assume that tens of thousands of Houthi fighters have died fighting the Saudis, and tens of thousands are still alive in the capitol city. So now this "president" dude decides to stick a knife in the back of these tens of thousands of seasoned Houthi fighters who completely surround him. What did he think would happen? Was he in exile somewhere where they put fluoride in the water? Friggin' stupid.

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JSBach1 bluez Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:16 Permalink

watch this video to see the reality of what KSA is doing to the Yemenis (this will never make it to the MSM):https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/930566170075418626This is the picture of the Houthi gunmen who took Saleh out:https://twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng/status/937725749049602054Houthis take over Yemeni capital Sanaa, announce 'end of crisis':https://www.rt.com/news/411868-houthis-take-over-yemeni-capital/[EDIT]: "Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, says the movement has managed to thwart a major threat to the country’s security by defeating the plot hatched by former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and his forces."http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/04/544456/Houthi--thwart-threat-Y…"Yemen: Former President's Death Ushers in a Volatile New Phase of the Conflict":https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/yemen-former-presidents-death-us… is a good analysis of this latest turn in the Yemeni confilict:http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/saleh-s-death-in-yemen-…

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Canadian Dirtlump DeeZ_nutZ Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:03 Permalink

1) Note the cries of allahu akhbar in the video.2) "iran backed houthis." Designed to demonize Iran of course and feed a preconceived fable that they are the evil empire. As if the houthis arenot looking out for the best interest of Yemen. Only the West, Saudi Arabia, Egypt can possibly do that.3) The houthis fully supported this guy until he bent the country over for a round of cheek busting from the West. Let's try to keep the bullshit down to a dull roar here.

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farflungstar Canadian Dirtlump Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:35 Permalink

Totally agree. Have their been reports of Iran airlifting weapons to Yemen, or busting the Saudi naval blockade? Or better yet, Hezbollah who has no airforce or navy, they are the culprits.If any of the above what I wrote were true, surely the US MSM sympathetic which is totally sympathetic to the Saudi propaganda arm would have let us all know about it.  

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lucitanian White Devil Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:30 Permalink

It's too bad that everyone else wants to put their shit together for them, rather than leaving them alone to work things out. The "West" SA had no business backing a rump exiled and nominal government designed only to be their stooge.If the "global community" wants to do something they can start by arresting the humanitarian disaster they have caused by getting food and medicines in there quickly, reconstructing the infra-structure they have destroyed including schools and hospitals, and leave the Yemenis alone to make their own future.

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Dilluminati RafterManFMJ Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:13 Permalink

I ran it in slow speed in full screen and just sort of wonder what type of bullet that was?  226, creedmore, 7.65 win 308?And then I thought at what distance as the shot seemed to crease the left side of his skull and then take out the back of it, seemed to be from that trajectory a pretty close kill.  And then I thought.. sniper?  Uhmm probably not.. there would be less of him 

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Dan'l Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

Get the US out of Yemen and let the Israelis fight their own damn wars and get them off of US taxpayer welfare, NOW!Fuck Sheldon Adelson!!!!!