Houthis take over second largest Saleh camp in Sanaa

Newly recruited Houthi fighters chant slogans as they ride a military vehicle during a gathering in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities, on January 3, 2017.

:: Houthi militias seized a camp of the Republican Guard forces south of Sanaa who are loyal to outset President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Various Yemeni sources confirmed on Tuesday that the Houthis have taken full control of the Dabwa camp, the second-largest Republican Guard camp in Sanaa, and imposed a new Houthi leader replacing former commander Brigadier General Ali Mohamed al-Masoudi who was kidnapped a month ago.

Yemeni news websites quoted sources in the Republican Guard as saying that al-Houthi militia have given dozens of officers and military personnel at the camp an open leave a month ago, before imposing a fellow Houthi leader on the camp.

In fact, reports claims that several officers told Saleh of the Houthis’ plan to control the camp, but he ignored the Intel and did not take any course of action or give them orders, forcing them to surrender to the Houthis and their new leadership at Camp Dabwa.

The Dabwa camp south of Sana’a is within the geographical range of Sanhan (the birthplace of the Saleh), which is the area that housed the Central Command of the Republican Guard and three military brigades.

Saleh still has one remaining camp in the area, Rima Hameed, his last stronghold and a group of the Republican Guard. In addition to the Special Forces camp led by his nephew and the responsible for his personal security, Brigadier General Tariq Saleh.

Houthi militias sought to disable the military and political “claws” of Saleh and intimidated his supporters with arrests, according to local observers.

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