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Houthi rebels 'in control' of Yemen capital, Saleh forces say claims false

Houthi rebels 'in control' of Yemen capital, Saleh forces say claims false

The leader of Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels says his forces have killed the country's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh for his "treason".

"The Interior Ministry announces the end of the crisis of militias and the killing of their leader and a number of his criminal supporters", an anchor from Houthi-affiliated Al-Masirah television said, referring to armed supporters of Saleh.

As fighting rocked the capital on Monday, the Huthis said Saleh had been killed, and a video they supplied to AFP showed what appeared to be his corpse. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was circulating widely.

Rajah Badie, spokesman for the internationally recognized Yemeni government in exile in Riyadh, told Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV that his forces "call on all Yemenis to support the uprising (being led by Saleh)", and that the uprising "spells the end of Iranian meddling in the country".

But in recent months, the alliance frayed amid Houthi suspicions Saleh was leaning towards the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi.

Officials of Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) party said he had been killed outside the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

Residents reported that the fighting, which erupted Wednesday, had spread outside the capital.

Residents in the capital of Sanaa mired in the humanitarian catastrophe said that they had witnessed the explosion at Saleh's home.

The Houthis' political office on Saturday accused Saleh of staging a "coup" against "an alliance he never believed in".

In response, Houthi chief Abdul-Malek al-Houthi made a surprise speech this morning, calling on Saleh and tribal leaders to intervene to stop the internal bloodshed and reunite the internal ranks to face the "aggression", in reference to the Saudi-led military coalition.

However, the Houthis have repeatedly threatened to strike the UAE, Saudi Arabia's lead partner in its operation to oust the Iran-backed fighters from power. "Ambulances and medical teams can not access the injured and people can not go outside to buy food and other necessities", Stephane Dujarric, a United Nations spokesman in Yemen, said in a statement on Sunday.

Saleh ruled for 33 years before being toppled in 2012 during popular protests. Either Houthis will take full control of Sanaa or coalition & Hadi forces will push into city with full force in coordination with GPC.

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