Yemen ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by rebel forces

The Houthi leadership issued a statement confirming Saleh’s death by firing squad

Iran-allied Houthi forces claimed to have killed Yemen's powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday, while Saudi-led fighter jets pounded areas of the country's capital in the intensifying and bloody battle for control of the city.

"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. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was circulating widely.

In late 2014, Houthis backed by Saleh loyalists captured the capital, prompting Yemen's internationally recognized government led by Hadi to flee to Aden.

A video by Yemen's Houthi rebels allegedly shows the slain body of the country's former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Dubai news channel said the sources said Saleh was killed in fighting against the Iran-aligned Houthi group in the capital Sanaa, but gave no further details. Security forces reported at least 60 dead in the fighting.

Yemen has since been rocked by rebel infighting.

Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad attempted to mediate to end the tension between the two conflicting forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthis in Sanaa.

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Witnesses said clashes had erupted around the residence of Tarek Saleh, a nephew of the former president and a leader with his forces.

United Nations humanitarian affairs chief Mark Lowcock said on Friday that the Saudi-led military coalition must fully lift its blockade on Yemen, where 7 or 8 million are "right on the brink of starvation", Reuters reported.

Saleh ruled for 33 years before being toppled in 2012 during popular protests.

Saleh's supporters managed on Saturday to seize control of several embassies and government buildings from the Houthis. He remained in the country, however, and continued to wield power from behind the scenes.

The meeting aims to discuss ways to save Houthis and help them maintain their influences.

Yemen has been decimated by almost three years of fighting and a Saudi-led bombing campaign backed by the United States.

"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok said on Twitter.

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