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Yemen rebels disperse protests demanding slain leader's body

07 December 2017

A coalition of Persian Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia is engaged in a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels who overthrew Yemen's Saudi-friendly government in 2014.

However, close sources have denied the reports that Saleh was killed.

Everyone knows that it was Iranian intelligence that provided Houthi militias with Saleh's plan of action, and gave clear instructions to take him and his companions out in cold blood.

The Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels had thrown its support behind Saleh just hours before his death, as the longtime strongman's alliance with the rebels unraveled. The Anadolu Agency quoted sources, as saying, that the mortar shell triggered the fire at the embassy premises.

A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition fighting the Houthis continues to blockade much of the country.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen with an iron fist for three decades until 2012, had joined forces with the Shiite Huthi rebels three years ago when they took control of large parts of the Arabian Peninsula country including the capital Sanaa.

A video provided to AFP by the rebels showed what appeared to be a dead Saleh with a severe head injury, his body wrapped in a floral-print blanket.

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At least 13 other journalists and media workers are now held hostage in Yemen by armed groups, including the Houthis and al-Qaeda.

Saleh on Saturday announced he was open to talks with Saudi Arabia and its allies on condition they ended their crippling blockade of Yemen's ports and airports.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday, more than 230 people have been killed and around 400 injured in the Yemen war since the beginning of this month.

Yemen's civil war has emerged as one of the main battlegrounds in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry for regional influence. That seems to have pushed Saleh into flirting with the coalition, ultimately leading to the breakdown of the rebel alliance.

Saleh's oldest son meanwhile pledged in a declaration sent to Reuters to fight the Houthis and liberate all territory held by the rebels.

The Houthis and Saleh's forces began fighting each other in Sanaa last week. Witnesses said the bodies of slain civilians and fighters littered the streets as ambulances were unable to reach them. That helped propel Yemen into the ruinous civil war that has spread hunger and disease among its 28 million people. Speaking to reporters by phone from Sanaa, he said that "at the same time, people are bracing themselves for more".

Yemen rebels disperse protests demanding slain leader's body