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Yemen: Six Brigades to Raid Sa’da, Militias Dispatch Reinforcements | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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An armed man loyal to Houthis holds his weapon in the capital Sana’a, Yemen August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Files

Jeddah – Governor of Sa’da Hadi Tarshan has revealed that there are six brigades affiliated with the national army getting prepared to raid Sa’da and other affiliated provinces in Yemen within days. He added that work is ongoing to prepare brigades inside the city to carry out military actions in coincidence with the army progress.

Tarshan told Asharq Al-Awsat that Sa’da is being purged from insurgents with the support of Saudi-led coalition.

He added that militias have changed the city to huge depots of missiles and arms – militias intended to conceal these arms in various locations especially in high population areas not to mention that schools have become military barracks for arms and training.

Tarshen also mentioned the regular reports that were submitted to the coalition forces and chambers of operations on the depots in order to deal with them in a direct and quick way before raiding the city. He added that Houthis intended to hide the weapons after the coalition stroke a number of Houthis whereabouts and depots.

Commenting on the presence of foreign experts in Sa’da, he affirmed that “Hezbollah” and IRGC trainers and missiles’ experts were seen.

Sa’da’s 15 provinces are not all supporters of Houthi militias but the power of weapon and oppressing people in these provinces have forcefully suppressed the militias’ dissidents who have published posts on social media websites expressing their own opinions. Others were killed due to barbarian torture in militias’ prisons.

This pushed a great part of people to remain silent until the equation in the city is changed and this will happen soon with the progress of the national army and the liberation of provinces.

Governor of Sa’da said that militias transformed the city into a big prison.