Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Coalition strike 'kills dozens' of Houthi militants in new blow

Coalition strike 'kills dozens' of Houthi militants in new blow

A Saudi-led coalition air strike on Yemen's city of Sanaa killed two leaders of the armed Houthi group, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya said early on Saturday.

The Houthi rebels' Al Masirah television said Saturday they had fired eight missiles towards Jizan, a day after Saudi defense forces said they had downed a missile headed for the same area.

Iran's main objective is to destabilize the Saudi Arabian, regional and worldwide security, Col. Malki said, adding, "Launching ballistic missiles at densely populated civilian areas is a direct breach of the principles of global humanitarian laws". Top Houthi officials including al-Samad's successor Mahdi al-Mashat, a former Houthi fighter, attended. No casualties were reported.

Houthi rebel leader Abdul-Malek al-Houthi vowed to avenge al-Samad's death.

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The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have previously fired missiles targeting the Saudi mainland, including the capital, Riyadh.

Saudi state-run tv provided the report early Saturday, saying greater than 50 have been killed.

The Huthis confirmed an air strike on Sanaa but gave no details. The Shiite rebels generally known as Houthis didn't instantly acknowledge the strike.

The Saudi-led coalition has been at war with Iran-backed Houthis since March 2015 with the aim of defeating them and bringin an internationally recognized government back to power.

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Al-Arabiya, a Dubai-based satellite news network now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, reported the strike Friday hit a high-level meeting of the Houthis.

Saleh al-Samad, the head of the Supreme political Council of the rebels, supported by Iran, was killed in an air attack Saudi Arabia and its allies last week.

While the coalition said the attack claimed no casualties, Jizan's civil defence spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah al-Qahtani told Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television that a Saudi Arabian citizen had been killed by falling shrapnel.

Yemen's three-year stalemated war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 3 million and helped spawn a devastating cholera epidemic in the Arab world's poorest country. The coalition's blockade on ports under Houthi control has been a main factor pushing the country into near starvation, according to United Nations agencies and rights groups.

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