Houthis Seek Tribal Help to Make up for Losses

Houthis Seek Tribal Help to Make up for Losses

Saturday, 26 May, 2018 - 08:30
Houthi militants ride on the back of a patrol truck in Sanaa, Yemen November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
Sanaa - Asharq Al-Awsat
The latest losses suffered by the Houthi militias on several battlefronts have compelled them to recruit prisoners and orphans in addition to exploiting humanitarian aid for the sake of tempting the poor to join their ranks.

These pursuits went in tandem with calls by militia commanders on tribes and locals to fight alongside the insurgents.

The militias have also taken strong security measures on the outskirts of the capital Sanaa and around residents of General People's Congress leaders and members of parliament to stop them from fleeing to areas that fall under the control of the legitimate government.

Security sources in Sanaa told Asharq Al-Awsat that renowned businessman Yehya al-Habari, who is a Houthi supporter, has announced willingness to pay the required amount of money in order to close the files of dozens of prisoners under one condition that they head to the battlefronts.

Further, the sources stated that the prosecution, controlled by the militias in Sanaa, has prepared a list in the names of prisoners that they are willing to release in the coming days after they underwent intensive training in indoctrination.

As the group attempts to hide its pursuits to recruit prisoners, its official sources claimed that only prisoners who have served most of their sentences were included in the release.

In a related matter, local sources in Raymah Governorate noted that the governor of the Houthi group, Hassan al-Omari, chose to recruit the children of poor families in return for granting them food baskets.

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