The Struggle between the Houthis and al-Islah

EPC | 24 Sep 2013

There is a fierce competition among political forces to inherit the influence of the previous rule as well as achieve a political realignment. Tension has resurfaced recently between the Houthis and al-Islah Party at more than one level in Aahim and Kitaf in the Hajjah governorate, which is a precursor of the outbreak of armed confrontations between the two sides. The situation must erupt due to the flow of militants of both sides into areas of tension and building military posts and barricades recently. There are facts that must be taken into consideration when we judge this struggle, notably that the struggle, which had started in al-Jouf between al-Islah and the Houthis was not ideological only, but also a struggle between forces, which consider itself the heir of the influence of the previous regime, represented by Maj. General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and Sheikh Hameed al-Ahmar. In addition to al-Islah Party on one hand and the Houthis, on the other, who are supported by the previous regime to establish a state that includes al-Jouf, Hajjah, Amran and parts of al-Hudaydah, if not all of it.

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