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Insurgency Leadership Fight over Prize War Distribution

Jeddah – Intense disputes had ignited between Houthis’ leadership and presidential guards in several locations. Insurgents’ leadership in Sanaa has not been able to deal with these disagreements that are spreading widely.

High ranking Yemeni source stressed that conflicts intensified due to several reasons including lack of cash liquidity, change in exchange rate, and cut-off weaponry reinforcements.

According to a military source, investigations revealed that disagreements are over prize war distributions.

The source added that deep altercations between the leadership have reflected on their loyalists in the field. A number of Houthi and former Yemeni President Ali Abdulallah Saleh armed factions surrendered and left their front lines mentioning that the number of surrendered soldiers could add up to a fully-equipped brigade.

He said that other militia fighters chose to flee Nahim and Bayhan frontlines to nearby villages leaving their weapons behind.

Particular authorities at the legitimate government began sorting out the soldiers and leadership and isolated them in safe areas. Afterwards, they will be investigated in order to reveal the military strategies used by militias.

Military experts believe that arguments between military leaderships, high ranking militants fleeing the battlefield, and surrender of militants is an indication that these militias are weakening.

Experts also revealed that since these militias depend on mercenaries, the moment the battles intensify, the mercenaries will escape the battlefield or they would prefer to surrender themselves than be killed.

Yemen’s Deputy Chief of Staff General Nasir al-Tahiri said that during recent battles, it became evident that militias lack military strength. He explained that this was made clear with dozens of military platoons fleeing the combat zone despite having military reinforcements.

General Tahiri explained that a large number of members surrendering means there is a gap between the militants and their leadership. He added that this led to their death or captivity.

According to Tahiri, the army directly investigates the captives to reveal their ranks and how involved they are in such acts.

Recently, a large number of direct arguments occurred between Houthis and their ally Ali Abdullah Saleh. Tahiri confirmed that, after identifying the leaders, the army investigates them to uncover information that will help the army.