Arab League condemns killing of former Yemeni President
The Arab League on Tuesday condemned the killing of Yemeni ex-President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, saying his death threatened to cause an “explosion” in the Gulf country’s security situation, Egypt’s MENA state news agency reports.
The Arab League’s General Secretariat, Abul Gheit, also condemned the Houthi movement which killed Saleh as a “terrorist organisation”, demanding that the international community view it as such. “All means must be used to rid the Yemeni people of this nightmare,” Gheit said, referring to the Houthis.
Saleh’s “assassination and the way it was done reveals to everyone the criminal nature bereft of humanity of that militia which constitutes the main reason for the devastation that has ravaged the country,” Gheit said in a statement. The Shiite Huthi rebels moved swiftly to consolidate their control over Sanaa after nearly a week of deadly clashes with Saleh loyalists.
Saleh, who had ruled Yemen for three decades, joined forces with the Huthis in 2014 when they took control of large parts of the country, including the capital. But that alliance unravelled over the past week, with dozens reported dead in clashes as Saleh reached out to the Saudi-led coalition that has waged devastating air strikes against the Huthis since September 2015.
Yemen’s war has left thousands dead since 2015, led to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and deepened tensions between Middle East rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.