Saudi strikes rock Yemeni capital after ex-president slain

2017-12-06 08:54
Yemeni city of Aden. (Wael Qubady, AP, file)

Yemeni city of Aden. (Wael Qubady, AP, file)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

5 facts on slain ex-Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh

2017-12-05 14:23

Former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday by allied Houthi militia. The militant group followed Saleh as he made an escape out of the country. Watch. WATCH

Sanaa - Heavy airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition rocked Yemen's capital on Tuesday, striking Sanaa's densely populated neighbourhoods in apparent retaliation for the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Shi'ite rebels who control the city.

Residents reported heavy bombing, and a UN official said at least 25 airstrikes hit the city over the past 24 hours.

The Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels had thrown its support behind Saleh just hours before his death, as the long-time strongman's alliance with the rebels unravelled.

READ: Yemen ex-president Saleh confirmed dead: party official

The UN Security Council called on all sides to de-escalate the upsurge in violence and re-engage with UN political efforts to achieve a cease-fire without preconditions.

The council called the deteriorating humanitarian situation "dire", saying Yemen "stands at the brink of catastrophic famine".

Gruesome images

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that despite the intensified fighting, humanitarian flights, including by the UN and the Red Cross, resumed to Sanaa on Tuesday morning.

Saleh's body, which had appeared in a video by the militias with a gaping head wound, was taken to a rebel-controlled military hospital.

A rebel leader, speaking at a rally in Sanaa, said Saleh's wounded sons had been hospitalised, without providing further details.

The gruesome images from the previous day sent shockwaves among Saleh's followers - a grisly end recalling that of his contemporary, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011.

Saleh's son Salah said on Facebook on Tuesday that he won't receive condolences for his father's death until "after avenging the blood" of the former leader.

Salah also urged his father's followers to fight their former allies, the Shi'ite rebels known as Houthis.

Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit meanwhile denounced Saleh's "assassination" at the hands of "criminal militias", and warned of a further escalation of the war and Yemen's humanitarian crisis.

A spokesperson quoted Aboul-Gheit as saying the international community should label the Houthis a "terrorist" organisation.

"All means should be tackled for the Yemeni people to get rid of this black nightmare," he said.

Iran, which supports the Houthis but denies arming them, welcomed Saleh's killing, saying it had put an end to a Saudi conspiracy.

"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.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    yemen  |  security

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.