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Dec 6, 2017

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was consolidating power in the capital Sana'a, will see the horror in Yemen return to a stalemate.

Professor Damien Kingsbury — <em>Crikey</em> international affairs commentator

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

The killing of former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh as he fled the capital of Sana'a has ended hopes of a possible finish to Yemen’s civil war. In a bid to secure peace with Saudi Arabia, Saleh announced he was abandoning his Houthi rebel allies last week, with whom he had joined forces to overthrow the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Saleh announced the split amid calls for talks, which would occur contingent on his abandoning the Houthis -- a move which sparked severe fighting in the capital of Sana'a between his followers and Houthi forces. Despite having an initial advantage, Saleh’s less numerous forces were quickly overwhelmed and he was forced to flee.

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