Following days of the most intense fighting yet to take place in Amran, the regional capital city of the northern Yemeni province of Amran, Houthis fighters (Zaidi group organized under the political denomination: Ansar Allah) managed all odds to gain the upper hand, sending thousands of civilians to flee the war zone.
Political analysts have already warned that the loss of Amran, a city which is located directly north of the capital, Sana’a and thus represents a key strategic advantage from a pure limitary standpoint, is a major blow to President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
That being said, many analysts have theorized as well that President Hadi has been covertly supporting the Houthis in their opposition of Al Ahmar tribe, since the tribal faction poses an existential threat to Yemen’s future, in the sense that its leadership seeks not to transition the country into a democracy but rather a vassal to its will.
Regardless politicians’ covert agenda, with Houthi militants in control of most of Yemen highlands, President Hadi finds himself in a difficult position at a time when the country is expected to finalize the last step of its transition of power. It is likely such a military debacle will generate further political instability.
Houthi militants have once again argued that they do not intend to march on Sana’a as their quarrel was always with their political arch enemy, Al Islah, a statement which has far from reassured politicians in the capital.
According to Reuters’ figures, over 100 Houthi militants have been killed and as many as 150 were injured on Tuesday alone.
“Justice and right have prevailed, the underprivileged sons of Amran have prevailed,” said Mohammed Abdul-Salam, an official spokesman for the Houthis.
Needless to say that the Houthis’ joy to have seized Amran was not shared by officials linked to Al Islah party –Yemen Sunni radical group – Kamal Al-Ba’adani, a senior official at the ministry of local government in Sanaa said in a comment to the press, “Goodbye Amran … After 50 years of republican rule, you have gone back to the imamate.”