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Houthis kill Saleh loyalist Khaled al-Razi, but why was he targeted?

Khaled Ahmad Zeid al-Razi was a close bodyguard of ousted President Saleh. (Supplied)

A prominent military and political commander who is a loyalist of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Saturday in Sanaa in the clashes which erupted between Houthi militias and forces loyal to Saleh on Saturday.

Khaled Ahmad Zeid al-Razi was a close bodyguard of Saleh before he was appointed deputy chief of the foreign relations department in the General People’s Congress which Saleh heads.

Khaled Ahmad Zeid al-Razi (R) was a close bodyguard of Saleh (L). (Supplied)

Khaled is the brother of Tarek al-Razi who was the head of Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh’s office when the latter was commander of the Republican Guards. Their brother Aref al-Razi was Yemen’s envoy in Tehran and their father is Ahmed al-Razi, a prominent tribal leader who was close to Saleh, and who passed away in 2004.

Khaled was in the Republican Guards until 2011 when the popular revolution toppled Saleh’s regime and his family. He was an expert in special forces and combating terrorism and he was an escort whom Saleh and his son relied on for protection.

In 2011, he quit military work but remained a staunch supporter of Saleh and part of his inner circle. A few months ago, he was appointed deputy chief of the foreign relations department in the General People’s Congress.

Sources from the General People’s Congress said Khaled was treacherously killed after mediations calmed down the situation. Khaled was with Salah, the son of Ali Abdullah Saleh, in their car when armed Houthis stopped them at a checkpoint. They clashed but eventually calmed down, only to kill him later.

Members of the General People’s Congress vowed that “Khaled’s death will not be in vain” and called on their supporters to prepare to eliminate Houthi militias.

 

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Last Update: Sunday, 27 August 2017 KSA 12:46 - GMT 09:46
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