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Saudi Arabia says leading Houthi rebels killed in strike

01 May, 2018, 13:21 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Saudi air strike kills over 50 Yemen rebels including commanders

He was the most senior official to be killed by the Western-backed alliance, which had offered a $20 million reward for any information that led to his capture.

The latest attack came as the Huthis staged a public funeral for a slain commander in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Almost 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led alliance joined the Yemen conflict, triggering what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Eyewitnesses in Sanaa reported Saudi-led air raids on Saturday near the downtown rally for the burial of Saleh al-Samad, the president of the political body that runs Houthi-controlled northern Yemen.

Jizan civil defence spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani said on Arabiya TV that the Saudi man was killed by "falling fragments of military projectiles".

Saudi state-owned news channel Al Ekhbariya said on Saturday that more than 50 rebels were killed in an overnight attack on a Houthi interior ministry building on Friday, including two high-ranking rebels.

The coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to roll back the Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels and support the internationally-recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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The Houthis said they launched eight ballistic missiles at "economic and vital targets" in Saudi's Jizan province on Saturday.

Both sides have fought to a stalemate after more than three years of war in Yemen.

In September 2014, the Houthis took control of Sanaa and proceeded to push southwards towards the country's second-biggest city, Aden. The Saudi air defense forces were able to intercept them all.

Though, Saudi state media reported that the Saudi air defence forces had intercepted four missiles over Jizan, and said a Saudi citizen was killed from debris fallen from the missiles.

Riyadh and its close ally Washington accuse Iran of arming the Huthis, which Iran denies.

Continued missile attacks from Houthi rebels in Yemen have forced Saudi Arabia to cut off air, sea and land links from its neighbour.

The blockade has since been partially lifted, but access to the impoverished country remains limited.

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