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Leading Houthi commander killed in northern Yemen: Army

Sada El Balad
Anadolu Agency
A leading commander of the Shia Houthi militia group has been killed in Yemen’s northern Saada province، pro-government forces said Wednesday.

Ahmed al-Mutawakkil was killed in Saada’s Alab region during fierce clashes between the Yemeni army and Houthi militiamen، the army said in a statement without mentioning exactly when al-Mutawakkil was killed.

According to the same statement، al-Mutawakkil had been tasked by the militia with overseeing security in Houthi-held Saada.

The Houthis، for their part، have yet to comment on the army’s assertions.

In a related development Wednesday، three children were hurt in Yemen’s northern Maarib province in a Houthi rocket attack in the Al-Rawdah district، a local medical source and eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.

While the Houthis control Maarib’s western Sarawah directorate، pro-government sources say Houthi militants often attack army positions in Maarib city، the provincial capital.

Yemen has remained in a state of chaos since 2014، when the Houthis and their allies overran capital Sanaa and other parts of the country، forcing members of Yemen’s Saudi-backed government to temporarily flee to Riyadh.

In March of 2015، Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive military campaign in Yemen aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and restoring the country’s internationally-recognized government.

Last year، Yemen’s government and the Houthi rebels entered into UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait in an effort to resolve the conflict، in which more than 10،000 people have been killed، according to UN figures.E


Edited by Rehab Sayed

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