Yemen rebels commanders among dead in Saudi strike

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The rebels did not immediately acknowledge the strike.

The Huthis control Yemen's capital, Sanaa, as well as much of the country's north - which borders Saudi Arabia - and the key Hodeida port on Yemen's Red Sea coast. It did not elaborate.

Al-Arabiya, a Dubai-based satellite news network now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, reported the strike Friday hit a high-level meeting of the Houthis.

Al-Samad, who held the post of president in the Houthi-backed political body, was the most senior official to be killed by the Western-backed alliance, which had offered a $20-million U.S. reward for any information that led to Samad's capture. However, the only airstrike Friday night in Sanaa the outlet reported on involved wounded civilians.

The Saudi state-run news agency SPA says its air defense forces intercepted four of the missiles and no casualties or damages have occurred.

While the coalition statement said the attack claimed no casualties, Jizan's civil defence spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah al-Qahtani told Al-Arabiya that a Saudi Arabian citizen had been killed by falling shrapnel.

Houthis held al-Samad's funeral in the capital, bringing together thousands of Yemenis in Sabeen square to pay tribute to the slain head of the rebels' Supreme Political Council, which runs rebel-held areas in 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.

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi held the USA and Saudi Arabia responsible for Samad's killing, saying, "This crime won't go unanswered".

The rebels, known as Houthis, have previously fired missiles targeting the Saudi mainland, including the capital, Riyadh. They see themselves as retaliating against heavy Saudi-led airstrikes in parts of Yemen.

The Houthis said they launched eight ballistic missiles at "economic and vital targets" in Saudi's Jizan province on Saturday.

Almost 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led alliance joined the Yemen conflict, triggering what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The coalition says it does not target civilians.

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

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