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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Yemen militia claims to have captured Houthi leader’s brother

Yemen's Southern Resistance movement says they captured Abdul Khaliq Al Houthi on Saturday.

A senior commander of Yemen’s Houthi militia has been captured by southern secessionist forces allied to a Saudi-led coalition, the so-called Southern Resistance movement said on its official Twitter account.

The message said without elaborating the militia captured Houthi military commander Abdul Khaliq Al Houthi on Saturday.

Houthi officials could not immediately be contacted for comment. Reuters could not independently verify the information.

Yemenis say Abdul Khaliq Al Houthi, a brother of Houthi leader Abdul Malek Al Houthi, played an important role in the Iranian-allied militia’s capture of the capital Sanaa in September.

He was one of several Yemenis blacklisted by the UN Security Council in November 2014 for allegedly threatening Yemen’s peace and stability and obstructing political reform efforts.

* Reuters