Brotherhood sets up camp in Yemen to fight Houthis
‘Brotherhood sets up camp in Yemen to fight Houthis’
Tue Apr 8, 2014 2:52PM GMT
The Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood has reportedly set up a secret camp in the country’s western province of al-Jawf, where its members are undergoing military training to fight against Shia Houthi fighters.
Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that the camp has been erected in a desert region of the province, situated about 140 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of the capital Sana’a.
The sources further noted that Brotherhood members are being trained there to operate light, medium and even high-powered anti-tank weaponry.
For years, Houthis have been fighting the central government in Sana’a. They blame the government for political, economic, and religious marginalization of the country’s Shia community and violating their civil rights.
Since early January, Houthi fighters have been engaged in heavy fighting against tribesmen who they say are helping the Salafi groups fighting against them in the city of Dammaj in Sa’ada Province.
The armed battle between Houthis and the pro-Salafi tribesmen spread to Amran province after Houthis took control of the area three months ago.
In February, the Yemeni government agreed to transform the impoverished Arab state into a federation as part of a political transition. This would create four regions in the north and two in the south.
But the government’s plan was flatly rejected by both southern separatists and Houthi fighters, who argue that the initiative would divide Yemen into rich and poor regions.
Yemen’s southern residents also complain that they have been economically and politically marginalized by the central government in Sana’a.