YEMEN's former strongman leader Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in a rebel-led roadside ambush. Saleh's eyes appear wide open, the back of his head badly injured, and his shirt blood stained under a dark suit.
Saleh's death was also announced by the Yemeni rebel group that drove him from power in 2011 and then later made an alliance with Saleh's militia forces.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Gulf states against Houthi rebels who ousted the pro-Saudi, internationally-recognized government in Yemen in 2015.
His death and the fighting between his supporters and the Houthis puts the civil war on an unpredictable path.
The former Yemeni president's break with the Houthis came after five days of bitter clashes around the capital, Sana'a, between his supporters and those of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.
But in recent months, the alliance frayed amid Houthi suspicions Saleh was leaning towards the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi.
In southern Sanaa's Fag Attan neighborhood, the Houthis used tanks, artillery, and anti-aircraft guns to try to take out snipers loyal to Saleh, damaging or destroying several buildings.
Saleh died after days of intense street fighting between his forces and Houthi rebels, a senior aide to Saleh told CNN.
The Houthi movement's TV channel al-Masirah and witnesses said Houthi fighters had seized the downtown home of Saleh's nephew Tareq, an army general.
Houthi fighters followed him in 20 armoured vehicles, attacked and killed him and nearly all those with him, the officials said.
The source said Saleh's death did not mean the end of the "revolution" against the Houthis, and stated Saleh was now a "martyr of the country".
Yemen has been decimated by almost three years of fighting and a Saudi-led bombing campaign backed by the United States.
"It's a dark day for the forces of the coalition".
Stalemate in Yemen has contributed to a human catastrophe as a Saudi-led blockade and internal fighting has thrust millions to the brink of starvation and accelerated the spread of deadly epidemics. A year later, the Saleh's GPC party and Ansarullah, the political arm of the Houthis, signed an agreement to form a political council to run the country.
Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television has quoted sources in former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's party as confirming he had been killed. It gave no further details. He sent a video purportedly showing Saleh's body being carried away by a group of armed men chanting, "God is Great".
The spokeswoman added that the ICRC is urgently trying to supply fuel for generators along with body bags to two of the main hospitals in Sanaa which are "running critically low" of supplies "due to the fact that no commercial imports are coming into the country".
In a speech late on Sunday, apparently his last, Saleh formally annulled his alliance with the Houthis.