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

Lucy Bush
April 28, 2018

A Saudi-led coalition air strike overnight killed dozens of Yemeni rebels including two commanders, state media said Saturday.

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi held the US and Saudi Arabia responsible for Samad's killing, saying, "This crime won't go unanswered".

Saudi air defense forces intercepted the missile fired Houthi rebels on the southern Jazan province on Friday.

Al-Arabiya said the strike hit a building belonging to Yemen's Interior Ministry.

The Houthis have confirmed that an overnight attack took place but gave no details on casualties.

The rebels, who hail from northern Yemen, control Sanaa and much of the country's north - which borders Saudi Arabia - and the key Hodeida port on the Red Sea coast.

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The announcement was made short after the Saudi military released a statement about the interception of four ballistic missiles that all were shot at the same time on Saturday morning, targeting Jazan.

A spokesman for the civil defense authority said a Saudi citizen died of shrapnel while two vehicles and three houses sustained damage from the attack.

There was no confirmation from the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels.

The alliance imposed a total blockade on Yemen's ports in November in retaliation for the rebel missile attacks.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to travel on to the Middle East, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, where the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the conflict in Syria will be significant agenda items, officials said.

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

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The United Nations says a record 22.2 million people in Yemen are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. They see themselves as retaliating against heavy Saudi-led airstrikes in parts of Yemen.

Rebels dressed in military fatigues marched ahead of his hearse, which included seven cars draped in the Yemeni flag and accompanied by a marching band.

Yemen now stands at the brink of starvation.

The Yemeni rebels have also targeted Riyadh and Mecca and other residential areas throughout the three-year war with the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudi-led countries engaged in the war on Yemen have also blockaded the already-impoverished country.

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