A London newspaper revealed Western moves to pressure the Houthi militia to achieve peace in Yemen, in addition to the military pressures pushed by the Arab coalition, which caused the Houthis’ inability to achieve new progress in Marib.
Well-informed Yemeni political sources expected that the coming period would witness international political pressure on the Houthis led by the United States, as well as military pressure from the Arab coalition, which re-bombed Houthi sites in Sanaa and Saada, in addition to the movements taking place on the western coast of Yemen following the implementation of an operation A redeployment followed by a renewal of confrontations between the Houthis and the joint resistance forces, which managed to achieve military victories in the city of Hays and its countryside after redrawing the new frontline in Hodeidah.
The newspaper pointed out that “the resistance succeeded in moving the confrontations away from the port of Hodeidah and the densely populated areas, which eased the pressure exerted by the United Nations and the international community on the Arab coalition and the Yemeni government under humanitarian pretexts.”
The Emirati newspaper, which is issued from Lingen, referred to the UN Security Council’s condemnation of the Houthis’ storming of the US embassy in Sana’a, in parallel with the US Treasury’s inclusion of a prominent leader in the Houthi group on the sanctions list.
She explained that “this international diplomatic movement comes with increasing indications of the international community’s desire to adopt a more stringent policy towards the Houthis, who have rejected all international and international calls to accept the ceasefire initiative proposed by the former UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, which was approved by the internationally recognized Yemeni government.” And the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.”
She added, “The position of the members of the Security Council was accompanied by the US government’s imposition of a new series of sanctions that affected large Houthi military leaders, the latest of which was the inclusion of the leader of the Iran-backed militia, Saleh Misfir al-Shaer, on the sanctions list, who is one of the financial and economic arms of the group” for his role in providing logistical support. for the militia.
The US State Department has also included the Houthis in the list of entities of particular concern for their role in practicing widespread violations of religious freedoms alongside al-Qaeda and the Islamic State “ISIS”, at a time when the US Congress is discussing re-listing the Houthi group as a terrorist organization, according to the newspaper.
Al-Arab newspaper pointed out that the international political and diplomatic escalation against the Houthis coincided with the renewed air operations carried out by the Arab coalition on Houthi-controlled areas, especially in Sanaa, Saada and Amran. The air operations hit Sanaa International Airport for the first time in months, which the Arab coalition said in a press statement that it had “monitored activity and suspicious movements of hostile acts”, after it had turned into a “military barracks to launch cross-border hostilities.”
In turn, the Yemeni political researcher Mahmoud Al-Taher considered in a statement to “Al-Arab” that the international moves towards the Houthis are “a last attempt to escalate the rhetoric against them, instead of pampering after the international community became aware that the Houthis could not incline towards peace as the Biden administration was planning and dreaming of.” .
He added, “The Houthis have gone too far with the international and American pampering of them, and they threaten the entire world by continuing to target the international shipping lane, or by directly attacking American interests represented in storming the Washington embassy as well as arresting the embassy’s employees, and this resulted in the arrest of two employees working with the Houthis. United Nations in Hodeidah.
Regarding the goals and indicators of the recent international movement, Al-Taher continued, “I believe that the international movement will continue with the aim of exerting the harshest and maximum pressure on the Houthis to explore the extent to which they accept the calls of the international community to stop the war in Yemen and stop the attack on Marib, but I do not expect that there will be a response to the Houthis, because these sanctions It does not affect them, as they do not travel and do not have balances in international banks, but it is important to classify the group as a terrorist component and movement, and to prevent its leaders from wandering. …) and the recent moves, I think, are a prelude to a green light for an upcoming military operation against the Houthis, and I think that this will be soon and may be undeclared.”
Observers believe – according to the newspaper – that the rapid changes in international attitudes towards the Houthis are an expression of the state of frustration reached by the major actors in the Yemeni file, especially the United States, which has turned towards applying escalating political pressure to compel the Houthis to stop the escalation in Marib and accept the UN initiative.
She stressed that the change in the international situation is a reflection of the state of stumbling in the path of dialogue with the Iranian regime, which was relying on it to reach a package of agreements that included the Yemeni crisis, in addition to Washington’s efforts to reassure its allies in the region after it had been exerting pressure on them from one side since the president’s victory. American Joe Biden for the presidency.