Differences among Yemen’s Houthi militias are on the rise against a backdrop of corruption and bias accusations facing the Iran-backed group’s leadership.
Abdul Malik al-Houthi, leading militias in Yemen, now faces the heat of blame for the group’s recent battleground defeats.
Amassing casualties and disbanded militia ranks are the two chief grievances parties from inside the insurgency are blaming on al-Houthi’s poorly assigned officials.
“Houthis have put Major General Yehya Ashami, a top insurgent leader, under house arrest in Sanaa,” a source speaking on condition of anonymity said.
“There is a chance for moving the Major General to Saada, one of the group’s key strongholds,” the source told Asharq Al-Awsat.
In Hodeidah, a flashpoint Red Sea port city, Yemeni Army Forces backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition continued advances towards the city’s eastern gate, as Houthis retaliated by attacking civilian targets, especially in Hodeidah’s pro-government surrounding villages.
Ongoing Houthi crimes against Hodeidah citizens include indiscriminate shelling and sniper fire targeting civilian households, mosques and public institutions.
“Houthi militias continue their flagrant violations against civilians in Hodeidah, where they indiscriminately shelled houses in al-Haq district, south of Hodeidah, with mortars and destroyed a number of houses, displacing hundreds of local families,” another source told Asharq Al-Awsat.
“Indiscriminate shelling by Houthis on residential neighborhoods has caused dozens of civilian casualties comprising innocent men, women, children and elderly who are only considered as collateral damage by Houthis in their all-out war against Yemenis.”
This comes at a time when army forces, backed by Arab Coalition air forces, continued making progress on battlefields in Al Bayda province in central Yemen and Saada.
As for ongoing relief operations in Yemen, the Saudi King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 37 tons of food baskets in 6 villages of Dhale Governorate in Yemen, benefiting 3,000 people.
The distribution comes within the framework of humanitarian projects, which have so far reached 294, being provided by Saudi Arabia.