Brother of the Yemen's Houthi leader has been killed by "betrayal hands of the American-Israeli aggression," the rebel group said Friday.
The Houthi-run "interior ministry commiserates the Yemeni people for the death of Ibrahim Badraddeen al-Houthi," the ministry said.
The ministry "will save no effort in chasing and arresting the criminal tools that committed the assassination," it added in a statement seen by Debriefer.
While the statement gave no further details, tribal sources said he was likely killed two days ago in an armed ambush laid in his convoy's way, at the northern entrance of Sana'a.
"Armed men have swiftly carried out the assassination and fled, but the killed has been unidentified," the sources added, as facts have indicated he was senior leader at the rebel group, given the huge flood of Houthi gunmen to the area.
The Ansarullah group is a political-religious armed movement, with the northern province of Sa'ada serving as its main center. It was called 'Houthi' after its founder Badraddeen al-Houthi whose son, Abdul Malik, is leading the group as successor to his brother Hussein who was killed in 2004 by the Yemeni army.
Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.
Yemen conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.