Yemen: Campaign of Arrests, Executions Targets Pro-Saleh Officials

Yemen: Campaign of Arrests, Executions Targets Pro-Saleh Officials

Thursday, 7 December, 2017 - 10:00
Devastation left behind by the fighting in the past days in Sana'a (Reuters)
Sana'a – Abu Dhabi – Cairo – Asharq Al-Awsat and Waleed Abdul Rahman
Houthi militias tightened their grip on Sana’a, Yemen, waging a campaign of attacks against leaders loyal to the late ex-president Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the General People's Congress party.

With complete obscurity, the campaign of arrests and assaults swept across Sana'a, Dhamar, Hajjah, Al Mahwit and Raymah governorates. The fate of dozens of military, civilian and tribal leaders remains unclear.

Sources report that the Iran-allied Houthis have already executed three top commanders of the Republican Guard, Maj. Gen. Mehdi Maqula, Maj. Gen. Murad Al-Obali and Maj. Gen. Abdullah Dabban.

The reported deaths were made after Houthi militiamen stormed the Zabwa and Rima Hamid camps in Sinhan, in the southern suburbs of Sana'a.

Sources in the General People's Congress said that the group executed over 20 tribal and military leaders in Dhamar province (100 km south of Sana’a).

Leaders killed belong to the Anas tribes. More so, among those who were put to death were the leaders of the Congress Party, Sheikh Ali Abu Yabes and Yehia Nasser Ali.

General People's Congress sources said that Houthis executed leader Muhsin Ali al-Naqib in front of members of his family while trying to leave Sana'a. Naqib was a member of the party's general committee.

Overrun by Houthi terror, Sana’a residents have begun to leave for their villages in other provinces in anticipation of the worst, including the families of senior officials, traders, businessmen and middle leaders of the Popular Congress Party.

On the other hand, driven by fear or greed, a number of the Congress party leaders who were close to former president Saleh sought re-establishing ties with Houthi militias.

Coup-placed governor in Dhamar Hamoud Abbad was among the officials who rushed into re-involvement with Houthis.

On another note, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stressed the importance of committing to a political solution to resolve the Yemeni crisis and preserve the unity and territorial integrity of its people.

Sisi pointed out during a meeting that included ministers of the Egyptian government on Wednesday that the continued deterioration of the situation in Yemen is not in the interest of the Arab nation. But serves extremist and terrorist groups, which seek to destabilize the region and create chaos in the implementation of foreign agendas.

Egyptian presidency spokesman Ambassador Bassam Rady said the meeting also dealt with the latest developments in Yemen, and the escalation and increase of violence over the past few days.

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