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Houthi political chief Saleh al-Sammad killed in Saudi air raids

Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reporting that Saleh al-Sammad was killed in raids targeting Hudaida province on Thursday.

Saleh al-Sammad

The political leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has been killed in Saudi-led air strikes on Hudaida province, the group has said.

The Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV network reported on Monday that Saleh al-Sammad, the president of the Supreme Political Council that runs Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and other rebel-held areas, was killed on Thursday.

The group said it had elected Mahdi al-Mashat as Sammad's successor.

In a televised address later on Monday, the Houthis' leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, said that, overall, six people were killed in Thursday's air raids. 

"This crime will not break the will of our people and state," he added.

"Aggression forces, mainly, America and Saudi Arabia, bear the legal responsibility for Sammad's death."

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.

In March 2015, a coalition of Arab countries assembled by Saudi Arabia launched a massive bombing campaign aimed at rolling back the rebels' advances.

Since then, the Saudis have carried out more than 16,000 air raids, resulting in mass civilian casualties with weddings, hospitals and funerals targeted. 


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