Yemen's Houthis ready to hand over Saleh's body to family

В Йемене убили бывшего президента

The gruesome images from the previous day sent shockwaves among Saleh's followers - a grisly end recalling that of his contemporary, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, in 2011. The pro-Houthi Al Masirah television station said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia and its allies had bombed Saleh's residence and other houses of his family members now controlled by the Houthis.

A statement from Saleh's party called for its loyal armed tribes and supporters to fight against Houthis.

The denial came as heavy fighting in Yemen's capital unraveled a rebel alliance that has been at war with a Saudi-led coalition, including the UAE. That helped propel Yemen into the ruinous civil war that has spread hunger and disease among its 28 million people. Residents reported at least five air strikes shook the highlands of the area. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahSaleh's decision to abandon the Houthis was the most dramatic development in three years of stalemate. Tens of thousands of Houthi supporters staged a rally in Sanaa on Tuesday to celebrate what the Houthis had said was the defeat of a major conspiracy by Saleh, chanting slogans against Saudi Arabia and its allies. Several had been killed in the raids.

A second group of women gathered in front of Sanaa military hospital, shouting: "The people want the remains of the leader", witnesses said.

Houthi officials said their fighters killed Saleh as he tried to flee the capital for his nearby hometown of Sanhan.

The clashes underscore the complex situation in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, where a proxy war between the Iran-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed Hadi has caused one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in recent times.

The blockade has cut food imports to seven million people on the brink of starvation. "Increased hostilities will further threaten civilian lives and exacerbate their suffering", he said in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. The council called the deteriorating humanitarian situation "dire", saying Yemen "stands at the brink of catastrophic starvation".

Residents reported heavy bombing, and a United Nations official said at least 25 airstrikes hit the city over the past 24 hours. "He got what he deserved", Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

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