Former Yemeni president said to have been killed

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It will support besieging Houthis in their areas in Northern Yemen in case the commanders of Saleh's army chose to fight alongside the Yemeni army.In the past few days, Saleh attempted to liberate Sanaa, which has been occupied by the coup perpetrators since 2014, when Houthi forces took over the headquarters of the First Brigade, leading to the defeat of all other military and security bodies without any resistance.Questions are today raised about how strong Houthis are in Sanaa.

The 75-year-old had survived civil war, rebellion in the north, an al-Qaida insurgency in the south and a June 2011 bomb attack on his palace that wounded him badly.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been mired in a conflict in Yemen since 2015, backing an internationally recognized government against Houthis who they say are armed and backed by Iran.

"We ask civilians to remain at least 500 meters (yards) away from Houthi military vehicles and gatherings", it said. Saleh then denounced Houthi missile strikes targeting Saudi Arabia.

The rebel alliance splintered last week, setting off heavy clashes between the Houthis and Saleh's forces. Sources in Saleh's party confirmed he died in an attack on his convoy.

In a televised statement on Saturday, the former president expressed his openness to talks with a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels, in what the fighters called "a coup" against their fragile alliance.

Residents reported that the situation in Sanaa had calmed.

A Yemeni man inspects his damaged store near the residence of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa Yemen Monday Dec. 4 2017. Witnesses say that fighting has subsided in the Yemeni capital Sanaa hours after the announcement of the
Former Yemeni president said to have been killed

The government, which has operated out of southern city Aden since being ousted from the capital, ordered an offensive to advance on Sanaa.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press.

Analysts said Saleh's death further diminished hopes of a resolution to the conflict, which has created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. His brief turn against the Houthis and realignment with the Saudi-backed central government seemed to be part of a strategy by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the leaders of the United Arab Emirates to turn the tide of the war and isolate the rebels.

The conflicting reports come just weeks after the Iranian-backed Houthis launched a missile at Saudi Arabia's global airport in Riyadh.

Al-Houthi congratulated Yemenis "on this historic, exceptional and great day in which the conspiracy of betrayal and treason failed, this black day for the forces of the aggression". They seized control of the city and eventually led President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who succeeded Saleh in 2012, to flee to Saudi Arabia.

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok tweeted.

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