Sammad, center, led the Supreme Political Council, formed by the Houthi movement. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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The political leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels, Saleh al-Sammad, was killed last week in an airstrike by the Arab-led coalition, the Iran-allied rebels said Monday. Sammad, head of the Houthis' supreme political council, was "martyred" in the eastern province of Hudaida Thursday, the rebels said in a statement published on the Houthi-run Saba news agency.His death comes as a big blow to the Houthi rebels who since March 2015 have been fighting pro-government forces backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.A large portion of Yemen's third city Taiz is held by pro-government fighters, but the entrances to the city are controlled by Houthi rebels.Monday, dozens were killed and wounded in an air raid on a wedding party in Yemen, local officials said, with Houthi rebels again blaming the Arab-led military coalition.A local official told AFP that at least 23 civilians, including women and children, were killed and 36 others wounded in the attack.It was not the first deadly strike on a wedding during Yemen's conflict, which has killed nearly 10,000 people and wounded 54,000 others since the coalition intervened in March 2015 to battle the Houthi rebels and restore Yemen's internationally recognized government to power. In late 2015, coalition airstrikes on two wedding parties in northern Yemen killed at least 159 civilians.
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