Yemeni Supreme Political Council says president assassinated on Thurs.

TEHRAN, Apr. 24 (MNA) – Naseh Shaker from SANA'A relayed to Mehr News Agency in Tehran that the Yemeni Supreme Political Council has verified the news that Saleh Ali Al-Sammad has been assassinated.

Saleh Ali Al-Sammad, former President of Yemeni Supreme Political Council, was assassinated on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in an airstrike waged by Saudi-led coalition’s warplanes while he was paying a visit to Hodeida province.

Sayyed Abdulmalek al-Houthi l, Yemen's supreme leader of the September 21 revolution, said in his last night speech that Al-Sammad was killed with "six of his companions.” Al-Sammad was coming out of a meeting with local authorities in Hodeidah.

Al-Sammad was born in 1979 in Bani Muath area of Sahaar district, Saada Province, near Saudi borders with Yemen.

He graduated from Sana'a University and went back to work as a teacher at Abdullah Ibn Masaud School in Saada.

Then he joined the Yemeni revolution since its beginning after the third round of the war between the revolutionists and the forces loyal to former US-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

He became President of Ansarullah Political Council in 2011.

Then he participated politically in the 21 September revolution. After the revolution of September 21, 2014, he got a decree to be adviser of president.

He paid a visit to Iran along with Ansarullah spokesperson in 2014.

Then he became President of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council in an agreement with General People’s Congress Agreement on August 6, 2016.

Mass supporters took to the streets to congratulate him for taking into office.

On August 15, 2016, the Supreme Revolutionary Committee President Mohammed Ali al-Houthi handed him power, and he became the acting president working from the Presidential Palace in Sana'a.

On Monday, April 23, the Supreme Political Council announced he was assassinated in a Saudi led air strike that hit his convoy in the port city of Hodeidah on Thursday April 19.

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