Houthi leader may be dead, Yemen reports say

The leader of Yemen's Houthis may have died after being severely wounded by government forces, a Yemeni media said on Sunday.

Houthi leader may be dead, Yemen reports say

The leader of Yemen's Houthis may have died after being severely wounded by government forces in the north of the country, a Yemeni government website and media said on Sunday.

The Houthis could not immediately be reached and their website did not comment on the reports.

The Yemeni defence ministry said on its website that Houthi was wounded in an attack by government forces and might have died from his wounds.

"There are increasing reports about the death of the terrorist Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, who was severely injured in an attack aimed at a gathering with a group of terrorist elements," the website said, adding there were reports that he had been buried in Jabel Tolan in the Malaheeth area.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television also said the Houthis leader was "dead", citing unnamed Yemeni sources as saying he was killed in an airstrike. Yemeni news websites carried the same report.

There have been rumours about Abdul-Malik's death in the past but the latest reports appear to be stronger.

Government troops in Yemen have been in clashes with Houthis, known after the family name of their leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, who complain of social, religious and economic discrimination.


Reuters

Last Mod: 27 Aralık 2009, 11:43
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