0834 GMT November 30, 2020
In a statement on Wednesday, the spokesman expressed sympathy with the Yemeni government and nation and the family of the official, adding, “Like other crimes committed by the aggressors against Yemen, such a cowardly assassination undoubtedly reveals only the weakness of the aggressors that have reached an impasse in confrontation with the resisting and determined nation in that country,” Tasnim News Agency reported.
“The assassination not only does not weaken the resolve and morale of Yemeni people, but further lays bare the rightfulness of this dignified nation,” the Iranian official added.
Hassan Zaid was gunned down in the Yemeni capital Sana’a by unidentified assailants.
According to Yemen’s Interior Ministry, Zaid was shot in his car on Tuesday morning. His daughter, who was driving the car during the attack, has been seriously wounded.
Zaid, 66, was a leading opposition figure during the reign of the toppled regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The targeted killing of Zaid is a criminal act, which is part of the aggressors' schemes to remove Yemeni national figures, the Interior Ministry said, noting that an investigation was underway to bring criminals to justice, according to Press TV.
Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV channel described Zaid as an important leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement.
So far, no group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Saudi Arabia launched a devastating military aggression against its southern neighbor in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states, and with arms support from the US and several Western countries.
The aim was to return to power a Riyadh-backed former regime and defeat the Houthi movement that has taken control of state matters since the resignation of the then president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and his government.
The war, however, has failed to achieve its goals, but killed tens of thousands of innocent Yemenis and destroyed the impoverished country’s infrastructure. The UN refers to the situation in Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.