Two senior Yemen rebels survive deadly convoy strike

Two senior Yemen rebels survive deadly convoy strike
The attack targeted a convoy carrying Abdu Al-Jundi, who was appointed as governor of Taiz by the Houthi rebels, and the military commander of the same region, Abu Ali al-Hakem
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18 March, 2017
The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people [Getty]

Two senior Yemen rebels survived a Saudi-led coalition air raid on their convoy in the southwestern province of Taiz on Saturday that killed eight of their guards, military and medical sources said.

The attack targeted a convoy carrying Abdu Al-Jundi, who was appointed as the governor of Taiz by the Houthi rebels, and the military commander of the same region, Abu Ali al-Hakem, they said.

The eight guards were killed when two of vehicles in the convoy were hit in the raid near the town of Burj.

Jundi and Hakem were able to escape and seek shelter in a nearby market, a rebel military source said.

A medical worker in Burj said the "charred" bodies of the guards were taken to a local hospital.

Most of Taiz province is controlled by Houthi forces, who are fighting forces allied with UN-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

In the western province of Hodeidah, Saudi-led coalition aircraft carried out a series of strikes on a rebel training camp Saturday, leaving "dozens of dead and wounded," a military official said.

The UN says the conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people and wounded more than 42,550 since the coalition intervened in March 2015 in support of Hadi.