SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni rebels killed their erstwhile ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, the countryâ€™s former president and strongman, as their forces battled for control of the capital, Sanaa, officials said. The collapse of their alliance throws Yemenâ€™s nearly 3-year-old civil war into unpredictable new chaos.
The circumstances of Salehâ€™s death were unclear but Houthi officials said their forces caught up with him as he tried to flee Sanaa.
A video circulating online purported to show Salehâ€™s body, his eyes open but glassy, motionless with a gaping head wound, as he was being carried in a blanket by rebel fighters chanting â€śGod is greatâ€ť who then dump him into a pickup truck. Blood stained his shirt under a dark suit.
It was a grisly end for a figure who was able to rule the impoverished and unstable country for more than three decades and remained a powerhouse even after he was ousted in a 2011 Arab Spring uprising.