SANA'A, Dec.20 (Saba) - Abdul Malik al-Houthi, the rebel leader, has seriously been injured, but survived being killed and fled to another area inside the northern province of Saada, the state-run 26sept.net reported on Sunday citing local sources in Haidan district.
He was located in Matara district.
After his injuries, al-Houhti appointed his brother in law Yousef al-Madani as new rebel leader, the sources noted.
They also affirmed that several rebel leaders and their followers were killed in Maran and Dhayan districts.
The army has intensified attacks against the insurgents and continued to cleanse many northern areas of them.
Dozens of them were killed, wounded, arrested and surrendering in recent weeks including leaders.
The fresh confrontations, which started in mid August this year, come within a six-year-long war against the Houthi loyalists in Saada and Harf Sufyan district in neighboring Amran province.