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Houthi leader among those killed in Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen

25 April, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Yemenis check the damage in a power station in the aftermath of a reported air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

In Yemen announced the air strikes from the global coalition, led by Saudi Arabia.

Saleh al-Samad, the chairman of Yemen's Supreme Political Council was killed in Saudi airstrikes on Thursday that targeted his residence in Hudaydah.

Yemen's top governing body has appointed Mehdi Mohammad Hussein al-Mashat as its new head.

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At least 30 of the wounded were children, some in critical condition with severed limbs and shrapnel wounds, officials said.

The U.N. Human Rights Office is urging the Saudi-led coalition to fully investigate all these latest deadly attacks.

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A family of five were killed in a separate strike in the same province, according to Alkhulani.

According to Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-Hakim al-Kahlan, ambulances didn't reach the site of attack immediately, as they feared another airstrike since jets continued to fly overhead.

The United Nations says 10,000 people have died in the three-year-old war, and three out of four Yemenis - 22 million civilians - need relief aid. Airstrikes have hit weddings, busy markets, hospitals, and schools.

The Saudi-led coalition, which has conducted a three-year military campaign against the Houthis, has not commented on the strike on the gas station. Many Yemenis also criticize the United States and other Western nations for selling billions of dollars of weapons to the Saudis and Emiratis, much of which is used in Yemen. They are supplying the coalition with weapons worth billions of dollars.

Saudi forces said they intercepted a rebel ballistic missile targeting its southern border city of Najran on Sunday, which set a farm ablaze, after another aimed at Jizan was shot down on Friday.

The Iranian backed Houthi militias in Yemen are holding hostage 19 ships, carrying over 200 thousand tons of petroleum byproducts in the anchoring zone outside of the port of Hodeida, which is under the militia's control.