Houthi militia chief’s brother killed in Yemen

Soldier loyal to Yemen’s government jumps off a truck on a road leading to the frontline of fighting against Houthi militiamen in the southwestern city of Taez. (File photo: Reuters)

An airstrike has killed Ibrahim Badr Al-Houthi - the brother of Abdulmalik al-Houthi, near a Yemeni border area, Al Arabiya News channel reported on Sunday.

The airstrike targeted the Houthi leader in Al-Saifi area in the northwestern city of Saada. Eight other leadership figures in the Iran-backed militia group were also killed in the airstrike.

The news come as Yemeni loyalists supported by the Saudi-led coalition battled Sunday to oust the Houthis from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks, with at least 16 reported dead.

Government forces backed by the coalition launched an all-out offensive last week to push the rebels out of the southwestern province of Taez and break the siege of loyalists in its provincial capital.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:57 - GMT 10:57