Saudi-led coali­tion kills prom­i­nent Houthi leader in air raid on Ye­men

Ab­del Malek Al-Houthi says his move­ment will avenge killing of Al-Sa­mad

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Mo­hammed El-Said

The Houthi mil­i­tant group in Ye­men, also known as An­sar Al­lah, an­nounced on Mon­day that Saleh Al-Sa­mad, the pres­i­dent of of Ye­men’s so-called Supreme Po­lit­i­cal Coun­cil, which is af­fil­i­ated with the Houthi group, was killed on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the group’s state­ment, Al-Sa­mad, who was at the top of the po­lit­i­cal arm of An­sar Al­lah, was killed in an airstrike car­ried out by the Saudi-led coali­tion in the gov­er­norate of Hodeida, ac­cord­ing to the Houthirun Al-Masirah TV.

The Houthi move­ment de­clared ap­point­ing Mahdi Al-Mashat, for­mer di­rec­tor of the move­ment of leader Ab­del Malek Al-Houthi’s of­fice, to re­place Al-Sa­mad as act­ing chair­per­son of the coun­cil.

Al-Houthi ac­cused the coali­tion of “ag­gres­sion,” es­pe­cially Saudi Ara­bia and the US, for killing Al-Sa­mad. He also threat­ened, in a tele­vised speech, that An­sar Al­lah will seek re­venge for the killing of Al-Sa­mad.

In March 2015, Saudi Ara­bia an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the Coali­tion for Sup­port­ing Le­git­i­macy in Ye­men, fol­low­ing the Houthi coup in Septem­ber 2014,which saw the group take con­trol of the cap­i­tal Sanaa. Al-Sa­mad was wanted by the coali­tion and it al­lo­cated a $20m re­ward for any­one who pro­vides the coali­tion with in­for­ma­tion that could lead to his cap­ture.

The last state­ment from Al-Sa­mad was two weeks ago, when he warned that “more bal­lis­tic mis­siles will be fired at Saudi Ara­bia in the cur­rent year,” stress­ing, “the king­dom is no longer a safe coun­try as Ye­meni mis­siles can now hit any­where in the king­dom.” His state­ments were fol­lowed by a Houthi bal­lis­tic at­tack on Saudi ter­ri­to­ries.

The Coali­tion for Sup­port­ing Le­git­i­macy in­Ye­men in­cludes the UAE, Jor­dan, Bahrain, Pak­istan, Dji­bouti, Su­dan, Sene­gal, Kuwait, Morocco, Malaysia, and Egypt, as well as the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised govern­ment of Ye­men.

Saleh Al-Sa­mad, the now-dead pres­i­dent of Ye­men’s so-called Supreme Po­lit­i­cal Coun­cil

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