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Saudi-led coalition strike kills senior Houthi rebel leader in Yemen, say sources

The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis since March 2015 to restore internationally-backed government to power. Photograph: (AFP)

Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia Sep 25, 2016, 02.15 AM (IST)
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in support of Yemen's government has killed a senior military officer of Yemen's Houthi movement on the border with Saudi Arabia,  a source in the Saudi-led coalition was quoted as saying in the media reports on Saturday.  

Head of Houthi special forces, Major-General Hassan Almalsi, was killed on Thursday while attempting to infiltrate a squad of Houthi fighters into the kingdom's southern province of Najran, the source said, according to a Reuters report. 

It's pertinent to mention that the coalition has been fighting the Houthis since March 2015 to restore internationally-backed government to power, international news agency AFP reports. The air strikes being carried out by the coalition aim to gain ground support for forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi who fled to Riyadh last year. 

While Riyadh views Iran as a threat to Middle East's stability and blames it for supporting "Shi'ite militias that have inflamed sectarian violence", according to Reuters, Tehran views the Houthis as the legitimate authority in Yemen. 

Allied with soldiers loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Houthis seized Yemen`s capital Sanaa in late 2014 before moving into other parts of the country. 

Iran, however, denies accusations that it supplies the rebel group, who say they are fighting against the corrupt government, with arms. 

Meanwhile, Riyadh has been facing mounting pressure from the international community over casualties in the Yemen conflict. 

Last month, Houthi movement and allied Yemeni forces resumed shelling into neighbouring Saudi Arabi after UN-sponsored talks to end the fighting that has killed more than 10,000 people collapsed in failure  according to Reuters. 

(WION with inputs from AFP, Reuters) 
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