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Apr 23, 12:37 PM EDT

The Latest: Yemen rebels say strike kills senior official


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SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Yemen (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Yemen's Houthi rebels say their acting head of state has been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition.

The rebels' Supreme Political Council, the highest political body in areas under their control, says Monday that its president, Saleh al-Samad, was killed by the raid in the coastal Hodeida province.

The Houthis, Shiite rebels allied with Iran, control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa. The coalition has been at war with the rebels since 2015.

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11:10 a.m.

Yemeni health officials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in the country's north hit a wedding party, killing at least 15 people the previous day.

Khaled al-Nadhri, the top health official in the northern province of Hajja, told The Associated Press on Monday that most of the dead were women and children who were gathered in one of the tents set up for the wedding party in the district of Bani Qayis.

He says the bride was also among the dead.

Hospital chief Mohammed al-Sawmali says the groom and 45 of the wounded were brought to the local al-Jomhouri hospital.

The Saudi-led coalition has been waging a war on Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who control much of the north, to restore the internationally recognized government to power.

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