DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:41 P.M.) – After ousted president Saleh’s speech a little less than a week ago called upon their “brothers in the Arab coalition” to lift the blockade off Yemen and to open their arms for meaningful political dialogue, Houthi Ansarullah declared that this speech was a coup against the revolutionary authorities that control most of Yemen’s northern provinces.
Soon after the speech, Saleh’s loyalists -mainly the Yemeni Republican Guard- launched a full fledged assault against Houthi military presence all over northern Yemen’s major cities almost fully expelling the latter from Al-Mahweet, Ibb, Dhamar, and the capital Sana’a. Meanwhile, ferocious clashes engulf the cities of Hajjah, Amran, Sayyan, and much of the Yemeni countryside.
Many speculate that Saleh’s efforts have the full support of the Saudi-led coalition. Further strife and internal civil war is likely to make the humanitarian situation in the besieged portion of Yemen only more dire and desperate. It remains unknown at this point of the internal conflict whether a clear victor will emerge with a decisive military engagement.
Six years into the turmoil that swept through Yemen’s political arena following the ouster of Ali Abdallah Saleh, no end in sight seems to be in the horizon for the conflict that starves two-thirds of the nation’s impoverished population.