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Aug 9, 2019 | 16:22 GMT

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Yemen: Houthis Blame Killing of High-Profile Leader on Saudi-Led Coalition

What Happened: Houthi rebels have blamed the killing of Ibrahim Badreddin al-Houthi, the brother of Houthi leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi, on the Saudi-led coalition and its "U.S.-Israeli allies," Al Jazeera reported Aug. 9.

Why It Matters: The killing of a high-profile Houthi leader will likely shape the rebel group's strategy regarding negotiations and on the battlefield. However, it remains unclear if the Houthis will choose to escalate the war as a form of retaliation or avoid further strikes after already targeting a military parade in Aden earlier this week that killed 47 soldiers.

Background: The United Arab Emirates announced a partial redeployment of its troops in Yemen earlier this month amid growing international pressure on the Saudi-led coalition.

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