Ex-Yemeni president Saleh buried without solemnities

Ex-Yemeni president Saleh buried without solemnities

Yemeni women held rare protests in Sanaa on Wednesday, demanding that the capital's rebel authorities hand over the body of slain ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Anadolu Agency quoted sources, as saying, that the mortar shell triggered the fire at the embassy premises.

Strongman Saleh had on Saturday bypassed his Houthi allies of three years, telling the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen he was ready to negotiate if the crippling siege could be lifted. The coalition threw its support behind Saleh when he turned on the rebels, and may now back his son. Many Sanaa residents remained hunkered down in their homes, fearing the rebels and the Saudi airstrikes, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear for their safety. He later allied with the Houthi rebels hoping to exploit their strength to return to power.

Houthi officials said their fighters killed Saleh as he tried to flee the capital for his nearby hometown of Sanhan. The coalition has imposed a blockade on the country, with the aim of reinstating the internationally recognized government of Saleh's successor, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

However, in late November, the tensions between the former allies escalated and resulted in clashes that have already claimed lives of hundreds of people, including the ex-president himself.


Saleh had joined forces with the Houthis in 2014 when they took control of large parts of the country, including the capital.

A least 234 people were killed in fighting that the International Committee of the Red Cross described as the fiercest since the start of the conflict.

"People are now emerging from their houses after five days being locked down basically as prisoners", Mr McGoldrick told a regular United Nations briefing, speaking by phone from Sanaa. Speaking to reporters by phone from Sanaa, he said that "at the same time, people are bracing themselves for more".

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