Yemeni military commander dies in central province
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Shiite rebels claim they killed a prominent military commander but the country’s internationally recognized government disputes that, saying he died during an army drill.
Rebel officials say they targeted a convoy of Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar in the central province of Maarib on Wednesday, killing Brig. Gen. Mohamed Saleh al-Ahmar, the vice president’s son-in-law.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to reporters.
The government-run SABA news agency says there was no attack on the vice president and that the commander died during a drill.
The commander was also a nephew of Yemen’s late former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, are embroiled in a civil war since March 2015 with government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition.