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

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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.

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.

EXPLAINER: How did Ali Abdullah Saleh die?

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”.