A senior member of Yemen’s General People's Congress (GPC) party confirmed the death on Monday of former president and GPC leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The party member, who insisted on anonymity due to the issue’s sensitivity, said that Houthi militants had shot Saleh dead after his car was stopped near Sanaa while en route to his hometown in the Sinhan district south of the capital.
According to the same source, Houthi militiamen stopped Saleh’s motorcade some 40 kilometers south of Sanaa before taking him to an unknown location and shooting him by firing squad.
Shortly afterward, the Houthi leadership issued a statement confirming Saleh’s death by firing squad.
Until recently, Saleh’s GPC party had been the primary ally of Yemen’s Shia Houthi militia, which overran much of the country -- including capital Sanaa -- in 2014.
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