As Houthi leaders compete for positions in the government the group plans to form as part of the alleged “radical changes,” other leaders have begun taking precautions to keep themselves and their families safe. In anticipation of some measures that could affect them, either through murders, kidnapping, or referral to the courts.
Informed sources in Sana’a reported that a large number of centrist and camp leaders withdrew from demanding their rights to positions and influence, after new signs emerged of an escalation of the conflict between the various wings and leaders, especially after the leader of the group Houthi announced. last September “radical changes”, and began. Removing the unrecognized government and assigning it to “maintenance matters”.
The sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the struggle over positions and influence, as part of the efforts to form a new government, was limited to the leaders of the wings seeking to appoint those loyal to them and those affiliated with them in sensitive positions in. the government, and that the differences were not limited to the positions of ministers and their deputies, but rather extended. Include agents, general directors, and even departmental and departmental directors.
The leaders of the Houthi group are studying several options to overcome the dispute and not escalate it, including establishing more entities parallel to state institutions with the aim of distributing the shares of the wings among them.
According to the sources, the front and field leaders, who seek their rights from corrupt funds, taxes and positions, have divided into two groups; The first group belongs to families with strong ties to the leaders and wings of the group, enjoys their support, and has the audacity to escalate and demand its rights, while the second group does not enjoy these privileges, and its members fear abuse if they insist on that. their demands.
The sources add that the leader of the Houthi group used the events in Gaza as a justification for not deciding on the formation of the government, and called on the various parties to be patient and dedicate their efforts to serve the Houthi tendency to participate in the war, and to benefit from them by directing public opinion and diverting it from popular protests and the demands of public officials for their salaries.
> Liquidations and cyber warfare
Some Houthi field commanders fear being liquidated or abused, after several incidents of liquidations and kidnappings that were hidden or charges were fabricated against their victims.
Leader Hadi Ghanem Qasma, nicknamed “Abu Tariq”, the commander of Preventive Security in Al-Bayda Governorate (277 kilometers southeast of Sana’a), was killed in confrontations between his gunmen and gunmen affiliated with the Houthi leader of the governorate, approximately a month after the killing of the two leaders, Abdul Salam Jahlan, the brother of leader Yasser Jahlan, appointed to the position of director of the Mukayras District, and Jamal Ahmed Abdullah Al-Mesayadi, and other relatives of the first were injured.
The group claimed that the two incidents were behind terrorist elements, which raised suspicion and concern among many leaders that this was a cover-up of the two incidents, which were probably part of liquidation plans in the context of the conflict between the wings, in particular. because the three dead were among the most prominent Houthi leaders and inspectors.
A large number of leaders used security and logistical precautions to protect themselves and their families, including relocating their families outside the group’s areas of control, some of them with false identities.
The sources report that the conflict between the wings has taken on a new character, similar to a cyber war between them, moving with it to the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Central Organization for Control and Accounting, the courts and prosecutions, all of which are agencies controlled by the Houthi group, and whose wings share their administration and manage them to their advantage.
Houthi media recently revealed that the Supreme National Anti-Corruption Authority (the Houthi version) approved the referral of 26 defendants in two corruption cases, which it described as “serious”, to the judiciary, after approving the results of the investigation and investigative procedures. carried out by the Investigation and Research Department of the Authority, the Security and Intelligence Service, and the Monetary Research Department. the public.
The authority accuses those involved in the first case of damaging the national economy and financial institutions, penetrating the systems of some financial institutions, electronic fraud, falsification of identity documents and laundering of income generated in amounts of 10 million and 330 thousand Yemenis. riyals, 6 thousand and 700 dollars, and 298 thousand Saudi riyals.
Regarding the second case, it includes harming the state’s interest, seizing public money, and sabotaging the national economy in one of the production units, with damage of 3 million and 429 thousand dollars, according to the accusations of the authority, which; approved the seizure and tracing of the funds and assets of the defendants in the two cases, and the pursuit of the defendants who fled beyond the control of the case. The Houthi group.
The Houthi authority indicated that some defendants involved in the two cases fled outside the areas of control of the group, without providing the names or descriptions of any of them.
The sources spoke about the expansion of the intrigues, the leak of documents on corruption files of various sectors, in addition to objection against the presence of some Houthi leaders in more than one position. Like Hashem Al-Shami, who holds two leadership positions in the Electricity Corporation and the Land Authority, and Taha Gran, who manages the so-called “General Authority for the Care of Families of Martyrs”, and the “Yateem” Foundation.
The “Gaza War” is an opportunity for salvation
For weeks, Houthi elements have carried out widespread attacks and kidnappings targeting leaders and activists, most of whom have been in hiding. Because of the fears of the abductees’ families that they will be subjected to abuse, and the futility of mediations to free them if their abduction issues are raised through the media.
However, the kidnapping of the Houthi leader and activist, Muhammad al-Jarmouzi, from his home gained a lot of attention in areas controlled by the Houthi group, as he is popular among the supporters and followers of the group. Because of his writings and poems supporting it and justifying its practices and war.
The group’s criminal prosecution issued a coercive arrest warrant against Al-Jarmouzi on charges of contempt of the judiciary, but the implementation of the order was delayed for several weeks.
Al-Jarmouzi accused leaders of the Houthi group of kidnapping him. Following his refusal to send a delegation to the Saudi capital, Riyadh; Negotiate to bring peace to Yemen, describing the matter as “betrayal and repudiation of the blood of the combatants”, demanding the continuation of the war.
Observers believe that the growing conflict between the wings threatens the possibility of real peace negotiations, and the serious commitment of the Houthi group in them, as it seems clear, according to a political researcher living in the capital, Sanaa, that while the group is sending delegations to negotiate in more than one Arab capital, other leaders are working to escalate and threaten. The return of battles.
The researcher, who asked that his data be withheld, warned that the Houthi escalation on some internal fronts coincides with its announcement of participation in the Gaza war, and its accusation of neighboring countries not allowing it to launch its missiles and drones, or allow it to send its soldiers and fighters to land near Gaza. He said that the group’s accusation that the inner and Arab circles work for Israel reveals very bad intentions.
The researcher emphasized that the Gaza war has given the group an opportunity to overcome many of the challenges it faces, try to resolve internal disputes, redistribute parts of influence and corruption and strengthen its negotiating front to dictate unfair terms, pointing out that it realizes, that the international powers that are pushing for a political solution in Yemen understand their method of profiting from the Gaza war, and you can help it do so.