Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis execute nine men for involvement in Samad death

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Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis on Saturday executed nine men who were convicted of involvement in the 2018 killing of Saleh al-Samad, the terrorist group's top civilian leader at the time.

Samad, who held the post of president in the Houthi-controlled administration which runs most of northern Yemen, was killed in April 2018 by an Arab-led coalition air strike in the port city of Hodeidah on Yemen's west coast.

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He was the most senior official to be killed by the coalition in the years-long war in which the Houthis are fighting forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government based in the southern port city of Aden.

The government is backed by an Arab-led coalition which has received support from Western powers.

Houthi authorities said the nine men were charged and convicted for their involvement in the killing of Samad, including spying and sharing sensitive information with the Coalition.

The Houthis said the execution by firing squad was witnessed by “masses,” including blood relatives and Houthi leaders in the capital Sanaa, which they control.

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