Jawf governor second son reportedly killed by Houthis

Jawf (Debriefer)
2020-03-01 | Since 5 Day

Jawf Governor Ameen al-Okaimi with his son Hameed

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Fate of al-Jawf governor's son has been unknown, with Sunday reports conflicting about his safety, following fierce fighting seen by Al al-Okaimi homeland in al-Jar area of al-Jawf governorate, to the northeastern of Yemeni capital.

Hameed al-Okaimi, the second son of al-Jawf governor, has been fighting war along with his father against Houthi fighters in the governorate bordering Saudi Arabia.

While some social media activists reported his death, the governor's son was said by others to have left al-Jawf to a "safe place outside the governorate.

On 21 February, the governor's first son, Brigadier General Sadiq al-Okaimi, was killed while leading government troops against Houthi fighters in the western part of al-Jawf.

Al-Jawf governor himself was reportedly killed on Sunday in battles between forces of the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and Houthi group.

While no official statement has been issued by the Yemeni government or its defense ministry confirming or denying the death of General Ameen al-Okaimi, private sources told Debriefer that the governor was besieged at home with some of his fighters.

"Attempts have been made to get the man out of the tightened siege," according to sources.

Separately, the northern governorate of al-Jawf has been seized by the Houthi group, military sources said Sunday, after several weeks of fierce fighting with the official government army.

"Al-Hazm city, the provincial capital of al-Jawf, was fully overthrown, one day after the al-Ghail district's takeover," the sources told Debriefer.

Earlier on Sunday, Al-Jazeera reported that the Houthi fighters entered al-Hazm city following government troops' withdrawal.

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