DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A Saudi air strike on a high-level meeting of Shiite rebels in the Yemeni capital killed two of the group's leaders and dozens of their militias, the state media reported earlier this Saturday. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, did not immediately recognize the strike.
This message was followed by a much more detailed report on the strike by Al-Arabiya, a satellite communications network in Dubai, which is now believed to be majority owned by Saudi Arabia.
Al-Arabiya, without the strike hit a building of the Yemeni Ministry of the Interior in the rebel-held capital Sana'a. It was reported that more than 38 Huthi fighters, including the two leaders, died in a high-level meeting.
Al-Masirah, a satellite news channel operated by Houthi, confirmed that Houthi leaders gathered on Friday to discuss Saleh al's funeral on Saturday Sammad, a Houthi political leader who had previously been killed in a Saudi air raid , Al-Masirah, however, reported only one airstrike on Friday night in Sana'a and said wounded civilians.
The three-year-old war in Yemen has claimed more than 10,000 lives, displacing two million and helping to provoke a catastrophic cholera epidemic in the poorest parts of the Arab world. It began after the Houthis had swept through Sana'a and further south, triggering a Saudi military intervention on behalf of the country's internationally recognized government.
The Kingdom's devastating air campaign has repeatedly targeted markets, medical facilities and civilian targets, and has provoked international criticism. The blockade of the Houthi-controlled coalition against ports, according to United Nations agencies and organizations, was one of the main reasons for driving the country into the Hunger Tunnels.
Meanwhile, Iran-backed Houthis are facing criticism for laying mines and killing or maiming civilians while allegedly distributing humanitarian aid to their own cadres and mass-recording their alleged enemies