Top Yemen fighter killed in raid

SANAA: Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters on Monday accused the coalition of killing their political leader, Saleh al Sammad, in an air strike last week. Sammad, head of the group’s supreme political council, was “martyred” in the eastern province of Hodeida on Thursday, the fighters said in a statement published via their Saba news agency. His death comes as a major blow to the group which since March 2015 have been fighting pro-government forces backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. “This won’t go unanswered,” warned the group’s overall leader, Abdul Malek al Huthi.

The news came hours after officials in Yemen said dozens of people were killed and wounded in an air raid on a wedding party in the country on Sunday, in another attack the group blamed on the coalition. Medical sources and local officials put the number of dead between 22 and 33, with at least 40 to 50 wounded, while the exact circumstances of the raid remained unclear. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Twitter that a hospital it supports in Hajjah received at least 65 patients, including at least 13 children, wounded in the air strikes, which it said were “among the most devastating in the area in recent months”. — AFP