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Brother of Houthis' top leader believed dead after airstrike

Middle East News
Sun, 02 Sep 2018
GDN Online Desk

Aden - The brother of top Houthi leader AbdulMalik Al Houthi was reportedly killed in an Arab coalition airstrike in Hodeidah on Friday.

Abdulkhalik Al Houthi, himself a high-ranking Houthi commander and the Arab coalition’s sixth most wanted target, was said by local media to have been killed before dawn in a strike in the Bajil district of Hodeidah.

Abdulkhalik is the youngest brother of the top Houthi leader. He was reportedly born in January 1984 in Marran district in the northern Saada province of Yemen.

He led fighting in northern Yemen in 2013 and later was involved in the Houthi takeover of the capital Sanaa. In 2014, the United Nations designated Abdulkhalik for sanctions alongside his brother.

Meanwhile, Yemeni special forces report that they have driven Al Qaeda from most of its strongholds in southern Yemen and killed or captured dozens of its leaders. But the terrorist group still poses a threat through sleeper cells, local commanders say.

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