Garnering Support For Punishing The Houthi Militia
The head of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council, Rashad Al-Alimi, arrived in Amman, Jordan, on Monday as part of his ongoing efforts to garner support from other countries for punishing the Houthi militia, who are backed by Iran, for their increasing attacks on areas under government control and the nation’s oil infrastructure.
The Houthi militia has been bombing oil sites in southern Yemen for the past two months. The internationally recognised government of Yemen has upped diplomatic pressure to get the world to denounce this publicly and support branding them as a terrorist organisation.
A day after the Presidential Council had authorised many actions in response to Houthi drone assaults on the oil facilities following three days of discussion, Al-Alimi visited Jordan. The actions include punishing traders who do business with or assist Houthi militia officials and groups in an attempt to attack the militia’s financial assets.
The council also mandated that government organisations engaged in counterterrorism operations and protecting state infrastructure from Houthi militia threats be revived.
Houthi Militia Obstructing Peace Efforts
Ahmed Awadh bin Mubarak, Yemen’s foreign minister, pleaded with other nations to aid Yemen in its attempts to punish the Houthi militia. He explained to the US ambassador to the nation, Steven H. Fagin, that the Houthis’ terrorist status would motivate them to cease obstructing peace efforts meant to end the conflict and aid in reducing their deadly assaults.
Despite pressure from the government, the Houthi militia continues to attack state-controlled locations around the country, causing deaths and property damage.
On Sunday, significant combat broke out between government troops and Houthis in the southern province of Lahj as the Houthi militia launched a new attack in the Al-Qabbabeh region, according to local media sources on Monday.
According to reports, the conflict resulted in the deaths or injuries of many government soldiers and one African immigrant.
In the western province of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia reportedly unleashed a barrage of Katyusha rockets towards a community west of the Hays district.
Not a single person was hurt. The Houthi militia who launched the missiles were targeted by the government’s local Joint Forces as a response.
On Sunday, the Houthis held funerals for nine military members of different ranks who had died in battles with government troops. The funerals took place in Sanaa.
A local military officer informed Arab News that on Monday, during a patrol in the southern province of Abyan, at least ten troops were injured when their vehicle detonated a roadside bomb in the Omaran valley. Since early last week, the source reported, similar bombs have left 15 soldiers injured and three soldiers dead in the valley and other areas.
The Omaran valley, which had long been utilised by Al-Qaeda militants as a base for concealment, training, and attack preparation, was announced to be entirely under the hands of pro-independence Yemeni troops in September.