DUBAI Oct 8 A top general in forces loyal to
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government has been
killed in fighting with Iran-aligned Houthi troops east of the
capital Sanaa, sources on both sides of the conflict said.
Major-General Abdel-Rab al-Shadadi, commander of Yemen's
Third Military Region -- which has its headquarters in the city
of Marib east of Sanaa -- was the most senior member of the
pro-Hadi forces to be killed in nearly 19 months of civil war in
The Houthi-run Saba news agency quoted a pro-Houthi military
source as saying late on Friday that artillery gunners targeted
Shadadi after they pinpointed his location.
On Saturday, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel quoted a
statement from the Hadi government as saying Shadadi died in
hospital after being badly wounded in Marib.
A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting to restore Hadi to
power since March 2015, after the Iran-aligned Houthis seized
Sanaa and forced the government into exile.
U.N.-sponsored talks to stop the fighting, which has killed
more than 10,000 people, ended inconclusively in August.
Last month, a source in the Saudi-led coalition said the
head of Houthi special forces, Major General Hassan Almalsi, was
killed while leading a squad of Houthi fighters trying to
infiltrate Yemen's southern province of Najran.
Tehran views the Houthis as the legitimate authority in
Yemen but denies accusations by Saudi Arabia and Yemen that it
supplies them with arms. The Houthis say they are fighting a
revolution against a corrupt government and its Gulf backers.
Saudi Arabia sees regional rival Iran as the paramount
threat to Middle East stability because of its support for
Shi'ite militias that Riyadh says have inflamed sectarian
(Reporting by Mohamed Ghobari, writing by Sami Aboudi; editing
by John Stonestreet)