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Strike kills dozens of Yemen rebels including commanders: Saudi TV



Dubai (AFP) – An Saudi military military air strike on the Yemeni capital has killed dozens of Houthi rebels, including at least two commanders, Saudi television reported Saturday.

Saudi Arabia's Official TV Station Al-Ekhbariya Says Two Among the more than 50 Huthi militiamen who were murdered in Sana'a on Friday night, high-ranking insurgents were killed without further details

Saudi television Al-Arabiya said at one A total of 38 rebels have been killed in an attack on a Houthi Interior Ministry

The Houthis confirmed an air strike on Sanaa, but did not provide any details.

The raid followed hours before a public funeral of the Houthis' political head, Saleh al-Sammad, who was killed last week in a coalition drive led by Saudi Arabia

It also came when newly-appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planned to land in Riyadh for meetings, including talks on the Yemen conflict.

The Iran-backed rebels are in a war with the Saudi-led military alliance, which has been fighting to revive the internationally recognized Yemeni government since 2015.

The Yemen conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between the regional titans Iran and Saudi Arabia

The Houthis control the Yemeni capital Sana'a. as well as much of the country – bordering Saudi Arabia – and Hodeida's main port on the Yemeni Red Sea coast.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi alliance joined the Yemen conflict The United Nations has labeled the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Yemen is now on the brink of famine.

Saudi Arabia-led coalition charged Yemen ports with retribution for cross-border Houthi rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia in November Arabia

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


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