Vice President of Yemen: We Are Determined to Release All Areas of Houthi

Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar insisted that the country’s political and governance leadership, enjoying generosity and regional and international support, so it is determined to complete the liberation of areas that are still under the control of the Houthi Shia militia.

Through a telephone connection with Saada Provincial Governor Major General Hadi al-Waeli and Commander Axis Saada Brig. Obaid al-Athla, Vice President of Yemen praised the role of Arab Coalition countries in supporting Yemeni Army on Saada’s front axis and other fronts in the war against Houthis, reported by UNA-OIC.

Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar also stressed the need to intensify efforts to achieve an imminent victory, complete the liberation of Houthi-held areas and end the difficult lives experienced by the Yemeni people during the coup period.

Meanwhile, both Saada’s governor and commander axis confirmed the combat readiness of various military units, and their ability to defeat the Houthi militia.

They also underscored their readiness to apply the direction of political leadership.

Yemen, now a poor country, has remained in a state of chaos since 2014, when Houthi and Hiaish Shiite militias control the capital Sanaa and other parts of the country.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led international coalition has battled Houthi Shiite rebels backed by the Iranian regime and troops loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi Arabia and Sunni Muslim state allies launched a massive military campaign aimed at restore internationally recognized power under President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Saudi Arabia and its allies see the Houthi militia as a proxy of Iranian forces in the Arab world. The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen comprises the 10-member Coalition of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan.

A number of human rights organizations have accused the Saudi kingdom of committing war crimes as a result of its bombing campaign which could be considered arbitrary and causing excessive damage to the country including a high death toll.

According to UN officials, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died as a result of this prolonged conflict, while more than 11 percent of the country’s population is forced to evacuate, as a direct result of an endless battle. To note, more than half the total victims are civilians. while another 3 million are expected to flee, amid the spread of malnutrition and disease.

 

Yemen’s Conflict Dynamics Changed Drastically, Post-Saleh Killing

The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Houthi Shia group has finally erased the role of a key political figure that existed in politics for four decades.

Earlier Ali Abdullah Saleh allied with Houthi to oppose the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who was backed by Saudi-led coalition forces, the complex situation that occurred after Saleh’s assassination changed the dynamics of politics and civil war of Yemen.

Even this situation also makes Yemen a poor country and triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, as well as prolonged conflict.

Ali Abdullah Saleh’s death marked a dramatic 3-year-old shift in battle. This risks further exacerbating the Yemeni conflict.

Ali Abdullah Saleh was an important player in the fall of Yemen in the civil war. His reluctance to withdraw from power in 2012 – eventually imposing an Arab springwave with a series of protests and turmoil of conflict after 33 years of his reign – thus carrying his Saudi-backed Vice-President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi (1994-2012) in the top government that.

But in 2014, Ali Abdullah Saleh drove an uneasy and unexpected alliance with his former enemy, Houthi, to facilitate the takeover of government control in Sana’a that eventually forced Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to escape to Saudi Arabia.

It was a failed alliance, but few would have predicted that Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had allied with the Houthi rebels, would eventually be killed by the Houthi. Previously, during the period 2004 to 2011 Saleh fighting Houthi.

It seems that the ambition of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s power to deliver himself allied with Houthi during 2014-2017, but his life was also taken away by his allies.

So far the Saleh-Houthi alliance has benefited both sides. Saleh used the armaments and labor and resources of the Houthi forces, while the Houthi rebels benefited from Saleh’s network of government and intelligence.

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