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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.

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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.