By Ali Oweida
The nephew of Yemen’s slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in clashes with Houthi militiamen in capital Sanaa, a leading member of the late president’s General Peoples’ Congress said Tuesday.
Tariq Mohamed Abdullah Saleh “was killed in Monday clashes with Houthi rebels in Sanaa,” the official said on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.
Saleh’s youngest son Madian was being held by the Houthis while the fate of his second son, Salah, remained unclear, the official added.
On Monday, Houthi militiamen executed Saleh, who served as president from 1990 to 2012, after waylaying his motorcade outside Sanaa.
Saleh had earlier been considered an ally of the Houthis but recently appeared to have had a falling out with the group.
Yemen has been dogged by violence and chaos since 2014, when the Houthis -- backed by pro-Saleh forces -- overran much of the country, including Sanaa.
The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains and shoring up Yemen’s pro-Saudi government.