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Top commander in Yemen’s army killed

Yemen’s army has announced the death of its most senior commander to be killed this year in the country’s ongoing civil war

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Yemen’s army has announced the death of its most senior commander to be killed this year in the country’s ongoing civil war.

In a statement late on Friday, it said Maj-Gen. Abdul-Rab al-Shadadi was killed while leading an offensive against the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as the Houthis east of the capital Sanaa. Three militia commanders fighting alongside the army of the internationally-recognized government were also killed.

It says all four were killed when a missile fired by the Houthis struck their position on Friday.