Saudi media: Airstrike kills Houthi leaders in Yemen capital

Saudi warplanes target various parts of Yemen in 32 raids

Yemen's Houthis staged a large-scale funeral for their two leaders who killed in a Saudi-led.

A Saudi-led airstrike targeting a high-level meeting of Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital killed two of the group's leaders and dozens of their militiamen, the kingdom's state media reported early Saturday.

The Houthi movement said it launched eight ballistic missiles toward the southern Saudi province of Jizan on Saturday, at what it called "economic and vital targets".

Thousands of Yemenis have attended a funeral for a top Shiite rebel official in the capital, Sanaa.

Col. Al-Maliki stated that the missile was directed towards Najran city in a deliberate attempt by the militias to target civilian and populated areas, but the coalition air defence forces successfully intercepted it, resulting in scattering of missile's fragments over residential areas, while no injuries or damages were reported.

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Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television said the overnight strike had targeted the interior ministry in Sanaa, which is controlled by the rebels. Houthi leader Abdul-Malek al-Houthi vowed to avenge al-Samad's death.

Saudi Arabia said it had intercepted four missiles and that one man had been killed by debris.

The Houthis have fired more than 100 ballistic missiles into the kingdom, causing few casualties, but fuelling accusations by their adversaries and the United States that Iran is providing the missiles to their Houthi allies.

He is the most senior Houthi official to be killed by the coalition since Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen three years ago to fight the Houthi rebels and help reinstate ousted President Mansour Hadi. They see themselves as retaliating against heavy Saudi-led airstrikes in parts of Yemen.

The kingdom's devastating air campaign repeatedly has struck markets, medical facilities and civilian targets, drawing global criticism.

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