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Yemen’s army kills eight Houthi field commanders on West coast front

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The Yemeni national army announced the killing of eight senior Houthi militia field commanders on the Western coastal front, with the armed forces engaging the militia.

Military sources said the eight leaders were prominent military commanders of the pro-Iranian militias who were killed in the West Coast of Yemen during intense fighting, adding that the Houthi militias acknowledged their recent killing though at the beginning it kept silent about their fate.

The militia leaders killed were military, security, and field commanders, as well as tribal sheikhs loyal to the coup group and a large number of their escorts.

The Yemeni official statement pointed out that in a raid by coalition fighters south of Hodeidah, one of the most important leaders of the Houthi militia, Hisham Abdel-Samad al-Khalid, the first official for the strength of the cordon of the city of Hodeidah, was killed. He was the leader of the largest armed groups of the coup, and one of the most prominent Houthi leaders in the military police.

Among others killed were one of the most prominent leaders of the Houthi leadership, Muhammad Ali Mahdi al-Hassani, the official of the mobilization in the town of Khamis Bani Saad in the province of al-Mahweet, and the prominent field supervisor, Salah Ali Salah Faie, who is descended from Dahyan in Saada, the origin of the Houthi militia.

Also killed was the security leader, called “AbuFadl”, or Issam Mohammed Saad Mahdi, who was one of the companions of the so-called former political council head Saleh al-Samad, who himself was killed earlier this year in an airstrike.

The military sources said that the field commander Mohammed al-Abbasi, leader Mohammed al-Suhaili, Abdul Majid al-Hamzi, Ali al-Hazaari, and the “Abu Zaid al-Hammadi” and the “Aburqia” Ali Abdulrahman Saad al-Din were killed in specific operations by the Yemeni forces engaging in direct confrontations, along with targeted artillery fire and aerial bombardment by coalition forces.

On Friday, the Yemeni army backed by the Arab coalition, said it continued advancing in several districts of the governorate of Saada, taking control of new posts which were under the control of the Houthi militias, particularly in the districts of Zaher, Baqim and Kataf. Full story