The Huthis Encircle Sana’a
… Huthi gunmen have come from Sad’ah and other provinces to militarily surround the capital Sana’a …
Source: Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki. “Houthi Camps in the Capital Continue to Grow,” 28 August 2014. Yemen Times. http://www.yementimes.com/en/1811/news/4250/Houthi-camps-in-the-capital-continue-to-grow.htm
There are daily marches in the streets around the camps, in addition to night festivals crowded with protesters inside the square. While most of the protesters appear follow Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, the Yemen Times talked to a few protesters in the camps who are members of the General People’s Congress (GPC) and support the Houthis’ cause… The Yemen Times did not see any weapons being carried openly in the camps within Sana’a. However, in the camps on the outskirts of the capital—which have been growing steadily since being established on August 18—it appeared that every person carried at least one weapon.
Source: “The Huthis Amass to Encircle the Capital with Armed Camps and Use Bulldozers to Dig Trenches and Barricades,” 19 August 2014. Al-Masdar. http://almasdaronline.com/article/61011
Huthi gunmen have come from Sad’ah and other provinces to militarily surround the capital Sana’a and build armed camps at several of its entry points, in addition to digging trenches and building barricades in the mountains to the west… The Huthis chose sensitive locations at the capital’s entry to set up their armed encampments, to which thousands of gunmen have headed since this morning from the provinces of Sad’ah, Amran, Dhamar and Hajjah.
Source: Yassin al-Tamimi. “The Problem of Narrow Loyalties in the Yemeni Army,” 14 September 2014. al-Ahale. http://alahale.net/article/18199
The goal of enflaming the military situation around the Reserve Base was to take over the base, though not militarily given that there is no comparison between the tribal gunmen and their limited firepower and the massive firepower and fighting strength of the Reserve Base. According to anonymous sources, the goal was to expedite a plan that was carefully drawn up and which was to be carried out by allies of the former president and leaders within the camp related to the Huthi leader. The surprise visit by the Yemeni president wearing military attire, as was announced in Sana’a, foiled this plan… The Yemeni president faces the major problem of the tyranny of narrow loyalties among Yemen military personnel… on top of that he is currently facing the most dangerous campaign of polarization based on sectarian and regional identities by former military leaders and the Huthis…
Source: “Military Prosecutors Investigate Military Leaders for Conspiring with the Huthis,” 16 September 2014. Mareb Press. http://marebpress.net/news_details.php?lng=arabic&sid=102693
Military prosecutors are conducting an investigation of military leaders for conspiring with the Huthis and providing intelligence to the Huthis and the air force which negatively affect the Yemeni state and current authorities and aim to benefit the Huthis on the ground. Saudi newspaper Okaz cited military sources saying that a senior officer in the special forces’ intelligence administration is one of the suspected conspirators with the Huthis and that other leaders are under investigation in the hopes of being caught red-handed.