Armed men killed a senior intelligence officer in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, a security source said, as Hezbollah denies sending weapons to the Houthi rebels in the conflict-ridden country.
Col Nasser Makrij, who was the chief intelligence officer at Aden airport, was gunned down by men on a motorcycle as he walked on a street near his home in the city.
Aden became the internationally recognised government’s de facto capital after the Iran-backed Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa in 2015.
The security source said that Col Makrij was the target of an assassination attempt in 2014 when “unidentified assailants” planted an explosive device in his car.
The coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in the Yemen war in March 2015 at the request of the legitimate government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi. It has helped the government take back large areas of land and most of the south.
On Sunday, pro-government Al Amalikah Brigades, backed by the coalition, were gearing up to launch an offensive against the rebels in Al Duraihimi district to liberate Al Hussainiya and Al Mansouria.
"Retaking these two areas is crucial because it will lead to the liberation of the key port city of Hodeidah," Aseel Al Sakladi, spokesman for the brigades, told The National.
“The goal is to cut and take over the Houthi supply route to the east of Hodeidah airport, which is the Houthis’ main artery that feeds into a number of areas in the port city.”
Up to 10,000 people have been killed and millions have been displaced in the conflict.