Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has decided to flee to Ethiopia to escape a likely attack by armed Houthi militias, after the group directed many threats at him and besieged his home, a media source close to the presidential palace said.
The news website Yemen Ethadi reported that “the regional and international pressure exerted on the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh aims to force him to leave political life and Yemen”.
“Ethiopia received a request from former President Saleh to reside there and it accepted the request on the condition that he does not partake in any political activities during his stay on its territory,” the site continued.
Al-Quds Al-Arabi quoted informed sources as saying that the Houthis besieging Saleh’s home after the fall of Sanaa. He received threats from militants who want revenge for the six wars that took place during his reign against the group between 2004 and 2010; the first of which lead to the death of the founder of the Houthis, Hussein Badreddin Al-Houthi, in Saada.