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Old Sanaa - City Capital of Yemen

Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed Monday (Dec. 4) by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels near the capital, Sana’a.

Saleh was killed by Houthis in a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and shooting attack on his car at a checkpoint outside Sana’a, according to Al Jazeera. Yasser al-Awadi, the assistant secretary-general of Saleh’s political party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), was also killed in the attack.


The death is expected to have a major impact on the Iranian-Saudi proxy war taking place in Yemen, the poorest nation in the Arab world.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.