Yemeni rebels say chief's brother 'assassinated'

August 09, 2019

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Tribal gunmen loyal to the Yemeni Huthi movement take part in a rally against the ongoing Saudi-led military coalition blockade in the capital Sanaa on August 9, 2019. — AFP
Tribal gunmen loyal to the Yemeni Huthi movement take part in a rally against the ongoing Saudi-led military coalition blockade in the capital Sanaa on August 9, 2019. — AFP

The brother of Yemeni rebel chief Abdelmalek al-Huthi has been “assassinated”, the insurgents' TV channel Al Masirah reported on Friday.

“Ibrahim Badreddine Amir al-Din al-Huthi has been assassinated at the hands of traitors” working for the Saudi-led coalition, the Huthi rebels said in a statement carried by the channel.

Yemen's internationally-recognised government is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition against the Huthis.

The rebels did not provide any further details on the alleged killing, but said they would do everything “to pursue the criminal aggressors” responsible and bring them to justice.

A Yemeni security source, who declined to be named, told AFP that Ibrahim al-Huthi was close to his brother and was the rebels' commander for Saada, the Huthi stronghold in northern Yemen which borders Saudi Arabia.

Yemen's war has killed tens of thousands of people, including numerous civilians, according to various humanitarian organisations.

Around 3.3 million people are displaced and 24.1 million — more than two thirds of the population — are in need of aid, according to the United Nations, which views Yemen's humanitarian crisis as the worst in the world.