Saudi-led strike 'kills dozens' of Yemen rebels

Riyadh, Apr 28 Saudi Arabia today intercepted four ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni rebels, the Saudi-led coalition against the insurgents said, with a local official reporting one man had been killed in the attack.

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

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

Meanwhile, three leaders of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia were killed on Al-Bayda front in central Yemen.

In a televised speech, Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi vowed that the death of Samad - a relative moderate who helped oversee political and administrative duties while the Houthi military wing pursued fighting - would not split its ranks. No casualties were reported.

Saleh Nasser Fazl Al-Bakhshi, self-proclaimed "emir" of the terrorist group's branch in the Aden and Abyan regions, was killed during a successful raid carried out by the units of counter-terrorism, emergency forces and security support of the Department of Security of Aden.

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

The Houthis have confirmed that an overnight attack took place but gave no details on casualties. The Shiite rebels known as Houthis did not immediately acknowledge the strike.

The Iran-backed rebels have been locked in a war with the Saudi-led military alliance, which since 2015 has fought to restore the internationally-recognised Yemeni government to power.

Al-Arabiya stated the strike hit a constructing belonging to Yemen's Inside Ministry.

Al-Masirah, a Houthi-run satellite news channel, acknowledged Houthi leaders met Friday to discuss Saturday's funeral of Saleh al-Sammad, a Houthi political leader earlier killed in a Saudi airstrike.

Al-Arabiya, a Dubai-based satellite tv for pc information community now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, reported the strike Friday hit a high-level assembly of the Houthis.

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

  • Tracy Klein