Coalition airstrike kills Hezbollah militant helping Houthis in Yemen

Houthis protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Sana'a in September 2015. (Henry Ridgwell, VOA/Released)

A senior Hezbollah fighter was killed by an Arab Coalition air strike in Yemen, the government said Tuesday.

Mustafa Al-Gharawi died on Monday supporting the Iran-backed Houthi militia as part of the group’s widely-condemned offensive in Marib province.

The Yemeni government, which is supported by the Arab coalition in its war against the Houthis, has long accused Lebanon’s Hezbollah of supporting the militia. Like the Houthis, Hezbollah is armed and funded by Iran.

Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryni said Al-Gharawi’s death on the Marib front line showed the “magnitude of Iran’s involvement in the Yemeni war.”

He said Iran had deployed hundreds of officers from its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah militants to the battlefield in Yemen.

Al-Arabiya reported that Al-Gharawi was a military expert and was killed on the Serwah front, west of Marib, after arriving there from Sanaa last month.


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