Senior rebel commander killed in Yemen amid fierce battles

Senior rebel commander killed in Yemen amid fierce battles
Dozens were killed and wounded on both sides during clashes in the country’s central provinces. (AFP)
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Updated 08 May 2020

Senior rebel commander killed in Yemen amid fierce battles

Senior rebel commander killed in Yemen amid fierce battles
  • Mohamed Abdel Karim Al-Hamran was killed in clashes between the central provinces of Marib and Bayda

SANAA, Yemen: A senior Yemeni rebel commander was killed on Thursday, the Shiite rebels announced as fierce battles with government forces intensified along the front lines in the country’s central provinces.
The slain rebels’ special forces commander, Mohamed Abdel Karim Al-Hamran, enjoyed close ties to the top Houthi leader, Abdul Malek Al-Houthi. He was the most high-ranking commander killed this year, part of an elite brigade trained by militants from the Lebanese group Hezbollah.
Al-Hamran was killed in clashes between the central provinces of Marib and Bayda, which have been the epicenter of recent fighting, said Yemeni security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity under regulations.
Warplanes with the Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government forces bombed Houthi targets across the provinces, setting military convoys ablaze. Dozens were killed and wounded on both sides, the officials added.
The rebel military spokesman Yehia Sarea accused their adversaries of launching 11 ground assaults across the front lines in Marib and Bayda, and unleashing 110 airstrikes, including on the rebel-held capital of Sanaa.
Yemen’s conflict, now grinding into its sixth year, shows no signs of abating despite the grave threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic and the unilateral cease-fire announced by Saudi Arabia last month.
Separately, a recent declaration of self-rule by Yemen’s southern separatists — who had been nominal allies with government forces in the fight against the Houthis — has thrown fuel on the increasingly divisive conflict, which has killed over 100,000 people and generated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.