Yemen Capital Governor Reported Killed in Clash With Houthis

Relatives Say Former Governor Died of Wounds

Sanaa Governor Nasr Jamil was reported killed today following clashes with Houthi forces who were attempting to detain him on Thursday evening.

The Houthis, who have been under de facto control of the capital for months, demanded Jamil turn himself over. When he refused, a gunbattle erupted during which Jamil and his nephew were wounded. Relatives say Jamil died of his wounds on Friday.

Jamil was an appointee of former President Hadi, who resigned back in January. The Houthis took over much of the country around that time, and the Saudis have since declared war, trying to reinstall Hadi. With growing Saudi strikes, the Houthis have looked to crack down on remaining Hadi loyalists.

This has fueled growing tensions between the remnants of the Hadi forces, the remnants of the forces of former President Saleh, and the Houthis themselves, with the Saudis bound and determined to see Hadi reinstalled militarily, but little sign that they will actually be able to pull this off.

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