The Houthi militia's announcement of the destruction of 40 tons of drugs provokes a wave of widespread ridicule

English - الثلاثاء 28 يونيو 2022 الساعة 04:44 م
Sana'a, NewsYemen, private:

The terrorist Houthi militia claimed to have destroyed 40 tons of narcotic hashish in Sanaa, on Sunday, June 26, 2022 , amid a wave of widespread ridicule that swept the pioneers of social networking sites questioning the Houthi narrative.

This came in a miserable attempt by the militia of Iran's arm in Yemen, coinciding with the passage of the International Anti-Drug Day, aimed at discrediting local and international reports confirming the unprecedented increase in the group's activity and its leaders in drug trafficking and smuggling operations with direct Iranian support.

The Security Media Center of the Ministry of the Interior, which is under the control of the Houthis, published “photos of the process of destroying approximately 40 tons of hashish and two million Captagon pills, in the presence of the Minister of Interior, Major General Abdul Karim Amir Al-Din Al-Houthi, the Minister of Guidance, Mr. Najeeb Al-Ajji, and a number of leaders of the Public Prosecution and the specialized criminal and security leaders.”  

The Houthi militia contradicted itself by announcing hours later that the Ministry of Interior and the Public Prosecution (which are under the control of the Houthis) destroyed 28 tons of hashish and narcotics, according to news reported by the same center, which sparked a wave of widespread accusations of it on social media for concealing two-thirds of the declared drugs and trading them with the aim of making huge money  for the benefit of its leaders.

Many activists, human rights defenders, and media professionals on social media have questioned the Houthi militia's allegations of burning 40 tons of hashish and narcotic substances, as they attached pictures of the destruction and burning process published by Houthi media.  They stressed that the amount that was burned is very small and does not exceed 4 tons, in addition to the fact that the quantity is mostly damaged tires.

Human rights activist Hamdan Al-Ali said, in a sarcastic tweet on Twitter: "they tell you that the Houthi group - most of whose leaders are drug dealers - burned tons of hashish and Captagon pills in Sanaa - laughing - underestimating people's minds as usual."

Human rights blogger Samia Al-Aghbari accused the Houthi militia of drug trafficking.  She commented on the allegations of the burning of 40 tons of hashish, saying: "Today he told you to burn 40 tons of hashish and 2 million Captagon pills in Sana'a... How do they burn their goods?"

Journalist Abdul Salam al-Qaisi spoke: “The Houthis trade in drugs, and all of Iran’s arms from Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen derive their financial capacity from the trade and smuggling of hashish and narcotics.  Currently, there is an uproar in Iraq and Lebanon as a result of the dumping of their countries with drugs. Al-Houthi’s news about his burning of drugs was published to promote him and do not serve us, as he only wants to repudiate the accusation.”

The media, Wadha Morshed, wrote sarcastically, "Drug dealers burn their merchandise coming smuggled from Iran. They burned five tires and dumped tons of drugs."

As for the journalist Walid Al-Moalami, he commented: “Al-Houthi says that he burned 40 tons of hashish, forty tons, which means at least 1,000 bags of these bags, while the ones in the picture do not exceed 50 to 100 bags. Where are the rest of the hashish dealers.”

Lawyer Wadah Qutaish pointed out that the picture that the group attached to the publication process shows that the quantity is small, contrary to what was announced by the group of 40 tons of drugs.

And journalist Walid Al-Omari tweeted about the allegations of the burning of 40 tons of hashish, saying: "You understand what your problem is, you have seen a merchant burning his goods."

The drugs smuggled by Iran are at the forefront of arranging the sources of funding for the Houthi militia, which reaps millions of dollars from smuggling and trade in Yemen, especially with the escalation of smuggling activity to unlimited levels since the Houthi coup against power on September 21, 2014, when the group has started running multiple drug smuggling networks to  Yemen and the Gulf states, aided by the mafia networks of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the pro-Iranian Lebanese Hezbollah.

Yemen has a coastal strip of 2500 km length, overlooking three seas (from the west the Red Sea, and from the south the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean).  Which facilitated the smuggling of drugs and weapons to the Houthi militia across this wide area due to the difficulty of securing them in light of the inability of the security services and the coast guard and their lack of capabilities and the complicity of military and security leaders in the legitimate government loyal to the Islah party with the leaders of the group.

According to reports, the Yemeni security services and the joint naval forces seized about 78 shipments of narcotics while smuggling them to Yemen during the period between September 2016 and April 2022.  Many of them were seized off the Yemeni coast coming from Iran, and the most recent was on the third of this June, when the Mahra Governorate Police Department announced the seizure of a marine boat on the coast of Mahra, carrying six sailors of drug smugglers holding Iranian citizenship, bringing death to Yemen by exporting the most dangerous types of drugs (Shabu).  / crystal), which has been classified as the most deadly among the types of drugs.

In a related matter, the Ministry of Interior in the legitimate government accused the Houthi militia and Iran behind it of dumping drugs in Yemen and neighboring countries and trading them with Iranian support, with the aim of financing its absurd war and brainwashing young people to send them to the Holocausts of death.

This came in a press statement by Interior Minister Ibrahim Haidan, the day before yesterday, on the occasion of the World Anti-Drug Day, under the slogan “Report the facts, save lives”, which falls on June 26 of each year.

Haidan described the Iranian coup militia as the other side of the drug scourge, which he said represents "an imminent danger to Yemen and Yemenis, and to security and stability in the region ..

He added that the Houthi militia "worked, with direct support from Tehran, to flood (Yemen)."  and neighboring countries with drugs. Rather, drugs have become a weapon in their hands, which they use to brainwash the younger generations and plunge them into the flames of absurd battles.”