Coalition strike ‘kills dozens’ of Houthi militants in new blow

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  • Yemen’s Houthi militia staged a public funeral for the No. 2 Saleh Al-Sammad ho was killed last week in an air raid claimed by Saudi Arabia and its allies
  • The coalition said it had intercepted four missiles headed for the southern Saudi coastal city of Jazan

SANAA: An Arab coalition air strike has killed dozens of Houthi militants including two commanders, Saudi state media said Saturday, in another blow to the militia following the assassination of their political chief.
Yemen’s Houthi militia on Saturday staged a public funeral for Saleh Al-Sammad, head of their Supreme Political Council and effectively the insurgents’ second-in-command, who was killed last week in an air raid claimed by Saudi Arabia and its allies.
His funeral came hours after Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhbariya television said two high-ranking insurgents were among more than 50 Houthis killed in a new strike overnight in the capital Sanaa.

Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television said the strike had targeted the interior ministry in Sanaa, which is controlled by the militia.
The Iran-backed Houthis confirmed an overnight air strike on Sanaa but gave no details.

Shortly after Sammad’s funeral began, the Houthis said they had launched eight ballistic missiles into the Sunni kingdom.

The coalition confirmed it had intercepted four missiles headed for the southern Saudi coastal city of Jazan, one day after the kingdom’s defense forces said they had downed a missile headed for the same area. No casualties were reported in either incident.

In Sanaa, Houthi supporters lined the streets Saturday for the funeral of Sammad and six others killed in last Thursday’s strike.

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