Houthis accuse coalition of assassinating youth and sports minister

2020-10-27 | Since 4 Week

Area where Hassan Zaid was assassinated in Sanaa

SANAA (Debriefer)--The Houthi group on Tuesday accused a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen of assassinating youth and sports minister in its government, Hassan Zaid.
Criminal elements working for the coalition intercepted the car of Zaid while he was driving along with his daughter in Sanaa earlier today, shot him dead and wounded his daughter seriously, the group's interior ministry said in a statement.
"This criminal act comes within the coalition's scheme to target the national cadre," it said, pointing out that an investigation is underway.
A gunman on a motorbike gunned down Zaid in Haddah in downtown Sanaa and ran away before the security forces got there.
He was a politician within the Joint Meeting Parties, the main opposition coalition during the era of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. In 2014, he was appointed a minister in the transitional government until the Houthis ousted the government later in the year.
In 2015, he was appointed the youth and sports minister in the Houthi salvation government.
Later, he was put on a list of 40 Houthi leaders wanted by the coalition which intervened in support of the internationally recognised government in March 2015. The coalition announced a reward of $10 million for information leading to his arrest or his whereabouts.

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