A Huthi rebel fighter is seen outside of the residence of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa on December 4, 2017. AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Veteran former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in a roadside attack Monday after switching sides in Yemen's civil war, abandoning his Iran-aligned Houthi allies in favor of a Saudi-led coalition, foes and supporters said.Analysts said Saleh's death would be a huge moral boost for the Houthis and serious blow to the coalition that intervened in the conflict to try to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi.Any hope of the coalition's that Saleh could have been bought off to help turn the tables against the Houthis after a protracted stalemate, in which a blockade and internal fighting has exposed millions to hunger and epidemic, has been dashed. In a televised speech Monday, Houthi leader Abdel-Malik al-Houthi hailed Saleh's death as a victory against the bloc, congratulating 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".He said that the Houthis would maintain Yemen's republican system and not pursue a vendetta against Saleh's party.
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