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Hadi calls on Yemenis to rise up against Houthis after Saleh's death

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on Yemenis on Monday to rise up against the Iran-aligned Houthis after the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Sanaa rose up in defense of its Arab identity. And it will come out victorious, Hadi said.

Speaking in a speech carried live on Al Arabiya News Channel, Hadi also called for a new chapter in the fight against the Houthis, who were allied with Saleh before he turned on them and offered to back the Saudi-led coalition.

He offered condolences for those killed in the past days in the clashes with the Houthi militias, on top of them the former president Saleh and army personnel.

Hadi also called on leaders of Saleh's party to stand shoulder to shoulder with the legitimate government to face the Houthi threat.

Sources from Yemen's General People's Congress confirmed their leader and ex-President Saleh was killed on Monday after being captured in the capital Sanaa by Houthi militias.

The leader of the Houthi militia movement, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, described on Monday the assassination of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh as “extraordinary and historic”.