Yemen's Deputy Chief of Staff Killed by Rebel Houthi Attack

Attack takes place outside strategic coastal city of al-Mokha, which lies close to the strait through which much of the world's oil passes.

Yemen's deputy chief of staff was killed on Wednesday when the armed Houthi movement battling government forces fired a ballistic missile at an army camp on the Red Sea coast, according to a military source.

The attack killing Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei was a blow to Yemenite government forces and hit outside the strategic coastal city of al-Mokha, which they captured from the Iran-allied Houthis last month.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen's civil war nearly two years ago to back President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after he was ousted from the capital Sanaa by Houthi forces.

"Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei was killed along with several others when the missile hit the camp near al-Mokha city early this morning," the military source, who is also a member of the general's family, told Reuters. 

Saudi-owned Arabiya TV also reported Yafei's death.

Al-Mokha lies close to the Bab al-Mandab strait through which much of the world's oil passes.