Yemen war: Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad 'killed in air raid'❗

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Yemen's rebel Houthi movement says a senior political figure has been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike.

Saleh al-Sammad, head of the Supreme Political Council, was "martyred" in the city of Hudaydah last Thursday, the group's overall leader announced.

Abdul Malik al-Houthi declared that Mr Sammad's killing was a crime that "will not go unanswered".

There was no immediate comment from the coalition, which is backing Yemen's government in the country's civil war.

But Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV cited sources as saying Mr Sammad was killed in an air raid in the al-Buraihi area of Hudaydah province.

The news came hours after rebel health officials said at least 20 people were killed in a coalition air strike on a wedding party in Hajja province on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, two ballistic missiles - fired by the rebels at an oil facility the southern Saudi city of Jizan - were shot down, Saudi state media said.

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