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Death of Yemen's Saleh Leaves Saudis in Tight Spot: Analysts

  • Former president’s death hasn’t been confirmed by loyalists
  • Saleh’s absense may alter course of the civil war in Yemen
Ali Abdullah Saleh
Ali Abdullah Saleh

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they killed former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, after their partnership against a Saudi-led military coalition collapsed. Saleh has been a dominant figure in Yemeni politics for decades, enjoying the support of many factions, and his killing may intensify a war of almost three years that has created a humanitarian catastrophe.

The former president’s death has been confirmed by his party. Saudi warplanes bombed the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital on Monday evening, the first time the building has been targeted since the war started.