War threatens Yemen

Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa, March 26, 2015.

While Yemen’s different groups are continuing to attend the country’s national dialogue, each is preparing for civil war.
The rebel Houthi group leader Abdel-Malik Al-Houthi this week declared a “war on terrorists” from the Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) groups that he says are trying to take over the volatile south and north of the country.

Meanwhile, Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who fled the Houthi-held north of the country for the south earlier this year, asked the UN Security Council to protect him and the south.

Hadi’s acting foreign minister, Riyadh Yassin, also asked Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies to send in armed forces to protect the south from the Iran-backed Houthis. The appeals came after Al-Qaeda and IS forces attacked the central prison in Aden last Friday, releasing more than 800 prisoners, including dangerous Al-Qaeda elements.

Al-Qaeda and IS forces also killed more than 50 government soldiers near Aden and killed and injured some 500 people in suicide bombings at two mosques frequented by Houthis in Sanaa during Friday prayers on 20 Marc.

The bombings were carried out by five suicide bombers, two in each mosque; the fifth was discovered before he entered the third mosque in Saada. IS claimed responsibility for the attacks and published the names and photographs of the suicide bombers … //

… More than two thirds of the country’s army and security forces in the south and the north are under the control of the Houthis, including the air force. The remaining third is split between Hadi, Al-Qaeda and the Hirak group.

Local supporters of the Houthis in the south will be key elements in what happens next, as they were in Sanaa.

Hadi has been urging people not to agree to be ruled by the Shia Houthis or from the Houthi stronghold in the north, in so doing using both sectarianism and regionalism to incite feelings against the Houthi forces.

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