Arab Coalition: Saudi Arabia Downs 4 Houthi Missiles

Glen Norman
April 29, 2018

Meanwhile, thousands of Houthis took part in the funeral of senior Houthi leader Saleh al-Sammad, who was killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in western Yemen last week.

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 station gave no further details but Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said that Houthi leaders were killed in a coalition air strike conducted on the Houthi's Interior Ministry in Sanaa.

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.

As the chairman of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, he was the second most wanted figure by the Saudi-led coalition.

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

The Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel reported a Saudi strike near the funeral ceremony but there were no immediate reports of possible casualties.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies - who accuse the Houthis of serving as an Iranian proxy - launched a massive military campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains. The rebels did not immediately acknowledge the strike.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war in March 2015 in support of Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly government and against the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which is now running state affairs.

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

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".

The two sides in Yemen have fought to a stalemate after more than three years of war.

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