Houthi militants react as they gather next to a tank after the death of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen December 4, 2017. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)
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Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Houthi rebels on Monday as he fled heavy fighting in Sanaa after the collapse of his alliance with the Iran-backed insurgents.Saleh, who ruled with an iron fist for three decades, had joined forces with the Shiite Houthi rebels in 2014 when they took control of large parts of the Arabian Peninsula country including the capital Sanaa.The Houthis announced Saleh's death on the rebels' Al-Masirah television station.Sayyid said Saleh and other top party officials had come under Houthi gunfire as they fled Sanaa.A military source said the Houthis stopped their four-car convoy about 40 kilometers south of Sanaa and shot dead Saleh and two other senior GPC officials.The collapse of the alliance between Saleh and the rebels saw at least 100 people reported dead in fighting, accusations of betrayal and the former leader reaching out to the Saudi-led coalition.The Saleh-Houthi alliance had been fraught since its inception in 2014, when the two ended decades of enmity and joined ranks to capture Sanaa from Hadi's government.
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