Houthi Commander Killed in Saudi-Led Coalition Attack in Western Yemen

© REUTERS / Mohamed al-SayaghiA man points up at a house that was damaged during an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Faj Attan village, Sanaa, Yemen May 7, 2015.
A man points up at a house that was damaged during an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Faj Attan village, Sanaa, Yemen May 7, 2015. - Sputnik International
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A commander from the Shia Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah, was killed in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in the Taiz province in Yemen, media reported on Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to Sky News Arabia, the attack occurred in the village of Ar-Rabiya. Another seven militias were also killed in the airstrike.

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels since 2014. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the opposition Houthis at the request of ousted Hadi.

Taiz lies on the frontline of the conflict and is shelled and hit by gunfire regularly.

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