AA / Yemen
The Yemeni group Houthi announced on Sunday the murder of one of its main military leaders during armed clashes with government forces.
The group’s “Saba” news agency reported “The assassination of Brigadier General Adnan Mujahid Ahmed bin Haider”, without giving full details of the circumstances of his death.
A statement from the leadership of the Houthi “Border Guard Forces” said Adnan was killed in a “battle to defend the homeland and its independence” (against government forces), without providing further details.
Adnan Haider was the operations officer of the Houthi group’s “third border guard brigade”, and he is also the nephew of Faisal bin Haider, the governor of Al-Jawf (northeast) appointed by the Houthis.
Since last February, the Houthis have intensified their attacks on Marib in order to display their power there, given that it is the most important stronghold of the Yemeni government and the main seat of the Ministry of Defense, in addition to its oil and gas wealth.
Since 2014, the conflict in Yemen has pitted the forces of the government recognized by the international community against the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran and who have taken control of part of the territory, including the capital Sanaa. The situation was further complicated with the intervention of the Saudi neighbor in 2015, leading an Arab Coalition that carries out military operations to support pro-government forces.
The ongoing war in Yemen for the seventh year has claimed the lives of 233,000 people, while 80% of the estimated 30 million people depend on aid to survive in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to United Nations.
* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi
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