Members of his political party claimed Saleh had been killed at point-blank range, after his three-vehicle convoy was stopped by Houthi militiamen.
Saleh's GPC party accused the Houthis of failing to honor a truce and said in a statement on its website that the Houthis bear responsibility for dragging the country into a civil war. Three days earlier, Saleh had turned against his Houthi rebel allies, switching sides in a conflict that has been raging for roughly three years. The new situation is critical and unsafe, and requires the interference of the Yemeni army and coalition forces in Sanaa, as well as working with Saleh's forces, which are still in shock.The people of Sanaa and the forces of the late Saleh have a great interest in fighting a war to reclaim their city from Houthis. These arrangements won't be achieved after Saleh was assassinated unless a new alliance is formed with Saleh's forces to defeat Houthis inside Sanaa.If the trucial parties agreed on how to rule Sanaa, this will accelerate its rehabilitation and make it the country's administrative capital once again, after all government activities were previously transferred to Aden as a temporary capital.The people of Sanaa, the leaders of the General People's Congress and the commanders of Saleh's forces must realize the importance of the change Saleh adopted, which led to his assassination, and must advocate for his decision and project.What about the wild wolves, Houthis?
The ministry also said its forces had "taken over all the positions and strongholds of the treacherous militia in the capital, Sanna, and the surrounding areas, as well as other provinces in order to impose security".
"The president has ordered Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who is in Marib (east of Sanaa), to activate military units and advance towards the capital", a presidency official told Agence France-Presse, speaking on condition of anonymity. Today the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh lies dead, killed in an ambush by his former allies, the Houthi rebels.
The future Saudi-Iran conflict in Yemen could be more complicated as both sides are expected to try to attract and lure tribes to fight on behalf of them.
Saudi Arabia, accusing Iran of backing the rebels, intervened in Yemen on behalf of the government the following year.
That dealt a serious blow to his already fragile alliance with rebel chief Abdul Malik al-Huthi.
Al-Houthi congratulated Yemenis "on this historic, exceptional and great day in which the conspiracy of betrayal and treason failed, this black day for the forces of the aggression".
In a televised speech on Monday, Huthi made no mention of Saleh's death but expressed his satisfaction at the day's events.
Unverified footage circulated showing his bloodied body, just days after he tore up his alliance with the Houthis following almost three years in which they had jointly battled the Saudi-led coalition.
"Ambulances and medical teams can't access injured, people can't buy food and other supplies", UNICEF's Rajat Madhok tweeted. "This latest violence couldn't come at a worse time".