Yemen Army commander killed in clashes with Houthis

A top Yemeni army commander has been killed during clashes with rival Houthi forces in southern Yemen’s Dalea province, according to a military source.

Col. Ziad Shaif al-Hariri, commander of the 1st battalion in the UAE-backed Security Belt forces in Dalea, was killed late Wednesday in clashes with the Houthis in Bab Ghalq military front, the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions to speak to the media, told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Hariri was known as one of most prominent military commanders in the Security Belt forces. He took part in clashes with the Houthis in 2015 when the latter controlled parts of the Aden province, according to the same source.

Since May, Yemeni army forces (brigades affiliated with the military zone in Aden, the UAE-backed Security Belt forces, as well as pro-government forces) have been fighting against armed Houthis, leaving dozens of deaths on both sides.