Al-Houthi is trying to restore his morale by showing off

English - الأربعاء 03 أغسطس 2022 الساعة 05:46 م
Aden, NewsYemen, special:

 Since the formation of the Leadership Council, the Houthis have realized the end of the advantage that the world was giving them in the face of a corrupt, disjointed legitimacy that is experiencing inter-conflicts led by the Brotherhood and their allies against the national parties that are fighting Houthi on the ground.

Al-Houthi's approval of the truce came as an attempt to show his openness to political discussions. At the same time, Al-Houthi returned to the military parades to show his armed ability and his readiness for war, trying to repair the great damage caused by his defeats at the hands of the giants forces in Shabwa governorate, which eliminated the arrogance and attempts to overthrow the city of Marib.

The performances are also an attempt to highlight the extent of their growing preparations for war, after the truce provided them with a lot of time, in assembling their forces and recruiting more young men, and after their wars against Marib and their escape from Shabwa devoured thousands of militants.

The armed displays come in the context of their military violations and targeting of civilians, in conjunction with the unremitting efforts of the international and US envoys to extend the truce for another six months.

The Houthis refused to open the roads of Taiz, which is one of the terms of the agreement for the armistice, and they obstructed any international efforts to restore peace to Yemen, after their coup against the state and the imposition of a family authority that imposed more violence and looting on the Yemenis.  The Iranian arm has refrained from paying salaries to employees in its areas of control, and the Houthis are pressing for the truce to continue to pay employees’ salaries by the Presidential Council, which also rejects the Houthis’ request, unless the militias pay the revenues of Hodeidah port.

Houthi concern about an upcoming war

 Sadiq Muhammad Naji, a military expert, told NewsYemen that the Houthi group is increasingly concerned with the political changes in Yemen and the arrival of the Presidential Council and the establishment of a military and security committee by it to unify the army, and this has reinforced the Houthi militias with a state of mistrust and fear of the outbreak of a comprehensive war on various fronts, that may exhaust them, narrow their confrontation options, and accelerate major changes in the field that lead to new defeats.

Sadiq said: "The Houthis found a great opportunity to expand their control areas and occupy much of the land, with Hadi and the Muslim Brotherhood's failure to serve their project in the past years, as this provided them with unexpected and quick victories."

He added that the current conditions are not conducive to the Houthis, as they are watching the developments of the military and political scene of the legitimate forces, and they feel that the absence of any solution may lead to a war that the Houthis will not be able to confront their opponents and their presence may vanish with any upcoming war.

During Hadi's rule, the Houthis managed to consolidate their military presence in the Marib Governorate and overthrew 12 out of the 14 districts of Ma'rib.  They were also able to take full control of Al-Jawf Governorate at the end of 2021, while the Houthis took control of the Nihm region at the beginning of 2020, after accusations of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar of allowing the Houthis to occupy large areas without any confrontation.

The war of the end of the militia

 Journalist Riyadh Jamal Al-Sami describes that any war that will break out against the Houthi group will not be a specific battle, but rather a war to liberate Yemen, and there will be no halting fronts and a front in which war will witness and erupt. Rather, it will be a war that will disperse the Houthis, and make them unable to confront the legitimate and recognized forces.

He said, "The Houthis find themselves in a dilemma, as they did not recognize the Presidential Council and considered that its presence is for the sake of war. They are already concerned about the steps and changes that the Council is taking, whether at the civilian or military level, and they feel that a huge military bloc has begun to form to confront and defeat them."