Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed in Sanaa

Supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh rally in Sana'a in March

Supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh rally in Sana'a in March

The Houthis today bombed the house and office of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a today, though Saleh was not in the property, he was later killed as he tried to escape to Mareb.

He was forced from power in late 2011 after mass protests inspired by the Arab Spring, and handed power to Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, his vice president.

Those Houthi rebels' links to Iran led to a persistent air campaign from Yemen's neighbor Saudi Arabia, further plunging the country into violence and competing claims for the right to govern.

After two years fighting side by side, Saleh last week announced he had split from the Houthis and was open to talks with the Saudis. He was killed during the.

The Houthi claim come as tensions soar between the insurgents and the Saudi-led coalition, which imposed a crippling blockade on Yemen in response to a Houthi missile that was intercepted near Riyadh airport on 4 November.

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He said the Houthis have put a stop to a massive plot, which represented a serious threat to the country and to its stability and security, as well as the unity of its people, by handing it over to its enemies, after they had failed to capture it in almost three years of battle.

Circumstances for the alleged death of Saleh, who was the leader of Yemen and its precursor Yemen Arab Republic for decades and cooperated with the USA, were not immediately clear.

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh addresses a rally held to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of his General People's Congress party.

Hussain Albukhaiti, a Sanaa-based activist, informed Al Jazeera that Houthi forces had wrestled control of most areas in Sanaa patrolled by Saleh's forces early Monday morning.

Al-Houthi has called for a major march in Sanaa on Tuesday for what he said was a "God sent" incident after the death of Saleh.

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It was unclear how Saleh's death would impact that plan. This week's fighting reportedly left aid workers trapped inside a building and unable to administer support to civilians. After a short exile in Saudi Arabia he returned to the country, and continued to wield power from behind the scenes.

Saleh's loyalists have lost ground on the sixth day of heavy urban warfare with the Houthis during which the death toll has jumped to at least 125 with 238 wounded, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The statement described Saleh as the master of betrayal and mentioned that his followers cut off roads and attacked the citizens violently in the context of their Saudi-led scheme.

Ali Abdullah Saleh was sworn in as Yemen's President in 1990 following the merger of North and South Yemen.

The rebels "started shelling the channel's headquarters".

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