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Aden- A Yemeni military commander said that operations executed by the National Army of Yemen, which is supported by the Popular Resistance and the Saudi-led Arabian coalition, are ongoing. Operations will not seize until all Yemeni governorates under militia dominance are freed, the commander stated.

Pro-legitimacy campaigns are still running and have not been affected by the truce established at the Yemeni-Saudi borders.

Major General Amin Al Waeli, commander of the 6th Military district of the National Army, spoke of his concerns around Houthi treachery and betrayal to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

His alarms were set off by Houthi future actions whether on borders or inside of Yemen.

As for the border truce, Maj. Gen. Al Waeli stated that Yemenis welcome any truce sparing the bloodshed of Yemenis and Muslims. Yet, Houthis are notorious for not keeping their end of any deal, Al Waeli added.

He believes that the Houthis commitment to the border truce is only for the sake of intensify their attacks elsewhere inside Yemen.

The 6th district General revealed that Houthis, over the past few days, have staged a series of attacks, in al-Jawf governorate, in an attempt to recapture the governorates capital.

“They have failed,” Al-Waeli said.

He also told Asharq Al-Awsat that Houthis attacking Saudi Arabian land has been a long requested Iranian demand. The insurgents have performed all their operations to please Iran.

“I have information on Iran admonishing Yemenis who visited Tehran for not providing a leeway for Iran to gain foothold in the Saada Governorate,” al Waeli said.

The information I acquired “I heard from one of the tribal leaders, who had returned from Iran during 1994. Iranians had expressed their discontent to the leader for not gaining foothold. They mentioned having established a proxy group in Yemen, and were only seeking the route through Saada to be facilitated in order for them to reach Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Al Waeli said that Houthis have devoted themselves to the border truce for now; however, they will not stop waging wars against the Sunni people of Yemen, given that their Shi’ite absolute approach has already been anchored in Saada.

The duality in Houthi approach is annexed to their deceiving nature. Misguiding tactics used by the insurgents can be proven by noticing that they maintain peace on the borders, yet carry on with the bloodshed inside Yemen.

Available information indicates that Houthis are gathering their masses to transfer them to the battlefront in Taiz. Over the past few days, a part of Taiz was liberated by the pro-legitimacy forces.

The military official emphasized the grave losses suffered by Houthi militias in all battlefields. He also confirmed that a convoy had arrived near Taiz on March 18th carrying tens of dead bodies. With corpses everywhere, some field commanders were enraged when Houthi leaders ordered dispatching more fighters.

“Disputes were triggered among Houthis, because of the large death toll, after the convoy arrived,” Al Waeli said.

“Houthis, despite the death toll and those injured on the battlefront, had their leaderships pushing them towards their own death. Leaderships disregard the large human losses registered. The ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh had allowed thousands of Houthis, for many years, to be trained in Iran, till they were radicalized with vindictive dogma,” he added.