Houthi militia leader killed in battles with the resistance in Shabwa

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A Houthi militia leader and two of his companions were killed in fierce clashes in the province of Shabwa in southern Yemen.

They were killed during battles with the Popular Resistance Forces on Wednesday in the Tawal al-Sada area of Asilan district inside Shabwa province.

Meanwhile, a civilian and his wife were killed by a roadside bomb planted by Houthi militias in their farm in Ibb province in central Yemen.

Politically, Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has said he is open to negotiations with Saudi Arabia.

“We have no choice but dialogue,” Saleh said at a meeting of his General People’s Congress party in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday.

“We are ready to go to Riyadh, Khamis Mushit, Muscat or elsewhere to start dialogue and to reach an understanding,” Saleh was quoted as saying.

On the humanitarian front, Saudi Arabia hosted in Riyadh the preparatory meeting on recovery and reconstruction in Yemen in the presence of Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr.

The meeting reviewed the readiness of donor countries and regional and international organizations in extending financial support in Yemen’s recovery and reconstruction.

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