Top Houthi civilian leader killed in Saudi-led airstrike last week - Yemen group

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike last week killed the top civilian leader in the Houthi movement in Yemen, the group said. Saleh al-Samad, the most senior official to be killed by the Western-backed alliance in the three-year war, held the post of president in the Houthi-backed political body that runs most of northern Yemen, Reuters said. The group’s leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi said in a televised statement that Samad was killed on Thursday in the port city of Hodeidah, on Yemen’s west coast. Several strikes reportedly killed six others in his retinue. Al Arabiya TV said the alliance had killed Samad after “precise monitoring” of his movements. The coalition has not commented on the reports.