Yemen rebels say strike kills senior official


A television channel controlled by Yemen's Houthi rebels is reporting that the man they regard as their president, Saleh Ali Al Sammad, was killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike last Thursday in Hoddeydah province.

The strike hit an isolated village in northwestern Yemen, where families had gathered to celebrate, late on Sunday.

He praised the resistance of the fearless and patient Yemeni people over the past three years and said they would enjoy the sweet taste of victory against aggressors in the near future.

The Houthi statement further said that Saudi and UAE aggressors and their allies, along with United States, have passed all red lines with their "criminal adventurism" without thinking about the consequences.

The three-year-old war pits the Shiite Houthis against a regional coalition of Sunni powers led by Saudi Arabia.

Col Al Maliki said the coalition was committed to conducting its operations in accordance with worldwide humanitarian law, especially the protection of civilian life based on "the assumption that every person in Yemen is a civilian until proven otherwise". Yemen was the Arab world's poorest country before the war, and it now suffers from spreading poverty and a large outbreak of cholera.

The fresh assaults came only a day after the regime's fighter jets bombed a wedding party in the same province, killing around 50 people and wounding 55 others.

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The coalition says it does not target civilians and has set up an investigation committee into alleged mass casualty air strikes which have mostly cleared the coalition of any blame.

About 17 of the wounded were children, he said, and the groom had shrapnel scattered across his body.

"This crime shows that the admirable resistance of the Muslim, oppressed and Arab people of Yemen thwarted a plot by Saudi criminals and their regional and extra-regional allies", IRGC spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said.
They are supplying the coalition with weapons worth billions of dollars.

Saudi officials blame the Houthis, saying their fighters hide in civilians areas and divert aid meant for civilians to take care of their fighters. Global peace talks aimed at ending the war have made little progress in years.

Traditionally based in Yemen's northwest, the Houthis overran much of the country, including Sanaa, in 2014, citing anger with the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

He also said that coalition forces have a legal and moral commitment to protect civilians and civilian objects, in addition to taking all precautionary and preventive measures to ensure that the effects of conflict doesn't harm civilians.