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Yemeni Officer: 4 Lebanese ‘Hezbollah’ Members Caught in Ma’rib | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Houthi militants ride on the back of a patrol truck as they attend a tribal gathering held to show support to the Houthi movement in Sana’a, Yemen. (Reuters)

Jeddah – Major-General Ahmed Hassan, commander of Third Military Zone, revealed that the Yemeni military intelligence has opened an expanded investigation with four Lebanese, recently caught in Ma’rib, affiliated to “Hezbollah” and providing support to Houthis and Saleh.

Hassan added that they are still detained by the national army and are being investigated for more information. When the investigation is complete, they will be directly sent to prisons in a number of regions.

He preferred not to reveal what has been mentioned in the investigations, but stressed that the army is keen to obtain all the required information.

This is the second declared incident showing “Hezbollah” involvement in Yemen. In mid-October 2015, military investigations revealed that Lebanese leaders affiliated to “Hezbollah” and Iranian leaders were involved in smuggling huge amount of arms into Yemen.

On the military level, Hassan stated that the third military zone is now in a defense phase of the liberated regions that are witnessing daily attempts by Houthis and Saleh militias to regain control over some of them.

The Arab Coalition has not stopped supporting the army, said Hassan, and it has submitted to the coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, its requirements for the coming period. He added that, recently, militias have been forcing children and teenagers to enlist in the militias to fight on several battlefronts.

Sana’a Resistance spokesperson Abdullah Al Shandaqi called on Yemenis and the international community to “support the legality and the military solution” that will lead to permanent and comprehensive peace as it will be the sole solution to spare Yemeni lives.

Meanwhile, the Arab Coalition continues to stage raids over militias’ locations.