People gather at the scene of an airstrike that hit a truck at a petrol station in Abss, Yemen April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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Yemen's Houthis suffered a major setback with the killing of their political chief in an Arab-led airstrike, analysts say, in a signal of Riyadh's determination to pursue its military campaign against the rebels. Saleh al-Sammad, the head of the Iran-backed Houthis' main political body, died Thursday in a strike in Yemen's western province of Hudaida. Sammad was killed along with six others in the strike.Alani said the hit was part of a trend of targeted strikes by the coalition, with at least 25 field commanders also recently killed.A strike on a wedding Sunday that rebels blamed on the coalition killed at least 23 people.But Alani said coalition forces – who include Saudi and Emirati troops in support of pro-government fighters – have also been making discreet progress on the ground.The coalition is backing forces loyal to President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, who was forced into exile by the Houthi advance.
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