Saud Arabia to send troops to fight Yemeni Houthis

Saud Arabia to send troops to fight Yemeni Houthis
Tue Jan 14, 2014 09:47:33

Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to dispatch troops to its southern border to battle Houthi fighters in Yemen.

Saudi sources say since Yemen’s government and local tribes have been unsuccessful in stopping Houthi fighters, Riyadh has decided to confront them on its own.

Houthis, a Shia group led by Sheikh Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, control parts of the north of Yemen and are engaged in reconciliation talks with the government in Sana’a. They accuse the government of violating their civil rights and marginalizing them politically, economically, and religiously.

Earlier this month, Salafi militants and Houthi fighters reached a ceasefire following months of clashes in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada.

A Salafi chief in the town of Dammaj said that the ceasefire came into effect on January 6, following mediation by a Yemeni governmental committee.

Dammaj has been the scene of bloody clashes between Houthi fighters and the Saudi-backed Salafi groups in Sa’ada since late October 2013. The clashes erupted after Houthis accused extremist Salafist groups of recruiting thousands of foreign militants to attack them.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

In October, informed sources in Yemen said that some 4,000 Wahhabi Salafists have been dispatched to the northern Yemen to prepare the ground for a war on Houthis in the provinces.

The Takfiris also established checkpoints to avoid transferring of food and aids to Sa’ada Province. They have also begun arresting al-Houthi supporters in the areas.

On October 23, several people, including two children, were injured after militants belonging to Takfiri groups opened fire at Yemenis in Hajjah Province.


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