Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed during fighting between his supporters and Houthi rebels in Sanaa.

Saleh’s General People’s Congress party said he died when his convoy, which was leaving the capital for his hometown of Sanhan, was attacked.

Saleh loyalists had formed an alliance with the Houthis and were fighting against President Abdrabbuh Mansour al-Hadi and a Saudi-led coalition. A dispute between Saleh loyalists and Houthi rebels erupted on 29 November over control over Sanaa’s largest mosque. Since then, fighting between the two groups has left more than 125 people dead.

As the alliance crumbled, Saleh made overtures towards the Saudi coalition on 2 December. The Houthis regarded the move as an act of betrayal.