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State allies

 Iran[8]  Qatar[9]  Syria[10]  North Korea[11]

Non-state allies

General People's Congress[8] (2014–2017)[12]  Qatar[9] Hezbollah[13][14] Ahrar al-Najran
Ahrar al-Najran
Movement (allied themselves with Houthis
Houthis
and allies against Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
and Hadi-led Yemen[15])

Opponents

State opponents

Republic of Yemen
Yemen
( Hadi
Hadi
government)  Saudi Arabia

Other state opponents

 United Arab Emirates[9]  Bahrain[9]  Egypt[9][16]  Jordan[9]  Kuwait[9]  Qatar[9] (Until 5 June 2017)  Morocco[9]  Senegal[9]  Sudan[9]  Somalia[17]  Canada[18]  France[19]  United Kingdom[19]  United States[20]  Israel[20]  NATO  Australia  Bangladesh  Belgium  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Czech Republic  Denmark  Greece  India  Italy  South Korea  New Zealand  Norway  Pakistan  Sweden

Non-state opponents

AQAP[21] Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Yemen
Yemen
Province[22] Academi[23][24]

Battles and wars

Houthi insurgency in Yemen

Operation Scorched Earth Operation Blow to the Head Battle of Sa'dah Siege of Dammaj Battle of Sana'a
Sana'a
(2011) Battle of Sana'a
Sana'a
(2014) Yemeni coup d'état

Yemeni Civil War

Saudi-led intervention in Yemen
Yemen
(2015-present) Battle of Ad Dali' Lahij insurgency Battle of Aden (2015)

Battle of Aden Airport

Abyan campaign (March–August 2015) Shabwah campaign (March–August 2015) Battle of Port Midi Battle of Taiz (2015–present) Battle of Sana'a
Sana'a
(2017) Conflict in Najran, Jizan and Asir

The Houthis
Houthis
(Arabic: الحوثيون‎ al-Ḥūthiyyūn IPA: [ˈħuːθij.juːn]), officially called Ansar Allah (anṣār allāh أنصار الله "Supporters of Allah"), are members of an Islamic religious-political-armed movement that emerged from Sa'dah
Sa'dah
in northern Yemen
Yemen
in the 1990s. They are of the Zaidi sect, and are predominantly Shia-led, though the movement reportedly also includes Sunnis.[25] Tension between the Houthis
Houthis
and the Yemeni central government steadily grew in the 1990s, and war broke out in 2004 with the group's founder, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi,[26] leading a rebellion against then Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. As of 2017[update] the group is led by Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, brother of the first leader, who was reportedly killed by Saleh's Yemeni army forces in 2004.[27][28] In late 2014 Houthis
Houthis
repaired their relationship with the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and with his help, they took control of the capital and much of the north.[29] Like many Iranian-backed groups such as Hezbollah, the Houthi movement attracts its Zaidi- Shia
Shia
followers in Yemen
Yemen
by promoting regional political-religious issues in its media, including the overarching US-Israeli conspiracy and Arab "collusion".[30][31] In 2003 the Houthis' slogan "The God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam", became the group's trademark.[31] The movement's purported goals include combating economic underdevelopment and political marginalization in Yemen
Yemen
while seeking greater autonomy for Houthi-majority regions of the country.[32] They also claim to support a more democratic non-sectarian republic in Yemen.[33] The Houthis
Houthis
took part in the 2011 Yemeni Revolution
Yemeni Revolution
by participating in street protests and by coordinating with other opposition groups. They joined the National Dialogue Conference
National Dialogue Conference
in Yemen
Yemen
as part of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) initiative to broker peace following the unrest. However, the Houthis
Houthis
would later reject the November 2011 GCC deal's provisions stipulating formation of six federal regions in Yemen, claiming that the deal did not fundamentally reform governance and that the proposed federalization "divided Yemen
Yemen
into poor and wealthy regions". Houthis
Houthis
also feared the deal was a blatant attempt to weaken them by dividing areas under their control between separate regions.[32] In 2014–2015 Houthis
Houthis
took over the government in Sana'a
Sana'a
with the help of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh
Ali Abdullah Saleh
and announced the fall of the current government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.[34][35] Houthis have gained control of most of the northern part of Yemen's territory and as of 2017[update] are resisting the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen
Yemen
that claims to seek to restore the internationally recognized Yemeni government[36] to power. Additionally, the Islamic State militant group has attacked all of the conflict's major parties including Houthis, Saleh forces, the Yemeni government, and the Saudi Arabian-led coalition forces.[37][38] The Houthis
Houthis
have never been linked to terrorist movements.[4] But the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
and Australia regard the Houthis
Houthis
as a terrorist organization.[35][not in citation given]

Contents

1 History 2 Membership and support 3 Ideology

3.1 Flag and slogan 3.2 Charges of harassment against Jews

4 Leaders 5 Motives and objectives 6 Activism and tactics

6.1 Political 6.2 Cultural 6.3 Media 6.4 Combat and military

7 Armed strength and horizontal escalation of the conflict outside of Yemen 8 Allegations of Iranian support 9 Allegations of human rights violations 10 Governance 11 Areas under administration 12 References 13 External links

History[edit] See also: Houthi insurgency in Yemen
Houthi insurgency in Yemen
and Houthi takeover in Yemen

Territorial situation in Yemen
Yemen
in 2018. Houthi forces are shown in green.

According to Ahmed Addaghashi, a professor at Sanaa University, the Houthis
Houthis
began as a moderate theological movement that preached tolerance and held a broad-minded view of all the Yemeni peoples.[39] Their first organization, "the Believing Youth" (BY), was founded in 1992 in Saada Governorate[40]:1008 by either Mohammed al-Houthi,[41]:98 or his brother Hussein al-Houthi.[42] The Believing Youth established school clubs and summer camps[41]:98 in order to "promote a Zaidi revival" in Saada.[42] By 1994–1995, 15–20,000 students had attended BY summer camps. The religious material included lectures by Mohammed Hussein Fadhlallah (a Lebanese Shiite scholar) and Hassan Nasrallah
Hassan Nasrallah
(Secretary General of Lebanon's Hezbollah
Hezbollah
Party) "[41]:99[43] The formation of the Houthi organisations have been described by Adam Baron of the European Council on Foreign Relations
European Council on Foreign Relations
as a reaction to foreign intervention. Their views include shoring up Zaidi support against the perceived threat of Saudi-influenced ideologies in Yemen and a general condemnation of the former Yemeni government’s alliance with the United States, which, along with complaints regarding the government’s corruption and the marginalisation of much of the Houthis’ home areas in Saada, constituted the group’s key grievances.[44] Although Hussein al-Houthi, who was killed in 2004, had no official relation with Believing Youth, according to Zaid, he contributed to the radicalisation of some Zaydis after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. BY-affiliated youth adopted anti-American and anti-Jewish slogans which they chanted in the Saleh Mosque
Saleh Mosque
in Sana'a
Sana'a
after Friday prayers. According to Zaid, the followers of Houthi's insistence on chanting the slogans attracted the authorities' attention, further increasing government worries over the extent of the al-Houthi movement’s influence. "The security authorities thought that if today the Houthis chanted `Death to America’, tomorrow they could be chanting `Death to the president [of Yemen]". 800 BY supporters were arrested in Sana'a
Sana'a
in 2004. President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Ali Abdullah Saleh
then invited Hussein al-Houthi to a meeting in Sana'a, but Hussein declined. On 18 June 2004 Saleh sent government forces to arrest Hussein.[45] Hussein responded by launching an insurgency against the central government but was killed on 10 September 2004.[46] The insurgency continued intermittently until a ceasefire agreement was reached in 2010.[39] The Houthis
Houthis
participated in the 2011 Yemeni Revolution, as well as the ensuing National Dialogue Conference
National Dialogue Conference
(NDC).[47] However, they rejected the provisions of the November 2011 Gulf Cooperation Council
Gulf Cooperation Council
deal on the ground that "it divide[d] Yemen
Yemen
into poor and wealthy regions" and also in response to assassination of their representative at NDC.[48][49] As the revolution went on, Houthis
Houthis
gained control of greater territory. By 9 November 2011, Houthis
Houthis
were said to be in control of two Yemeni governorates (Saada and Al Jawf) and close to taking over a third governorate (Hajjah),[50] which would enable them to launch a direct assault on the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.[51] In May 2012, it was reported that the Houthis
Houthis
controlled a majority of Saada, Al Jawf, and Hajjah governorates; they had also gained access to the Red Sea and started erecting barricades north of Sana'a
Sana'a
in preparation for more conflict.[52]

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh
Ali Abdullah Saleh
was allied with Houthis between 2014 and 2017

By 21 September 2014, Houthis
Houthis
were said to control parts of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, including government buildings and a radio station.[53] While Houthi control expanded to the rest of Sana'a, as well as other towns such as Rada', this control was strongly challenged by Al-Qaeda. It was believed by the Gulf States that the Houthis
Houthis
had accepted aid from Iran
Iran
while Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
was aiding their Yemeni rivals.[54] On 20 January 2015, Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace in the capital. President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
Hadi
was in the presidential palace during the takeover but was not harmed.[55] The movement officially took control of the Yemeni government on 6 February, dissolving parliament and declaring its Revolutionary Committee to be the acting authority in Yemen.[34] On 20 March 2015, The al-Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques came under suicide attack during midday prayers, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
quickly claimed responsibility. The blasts killed 142 Houthi worshippers and wounded more than 351, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Yemen's history.[56] In a televised speech on 22 March, Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi accused the US and Israel
Israel
of supporting the terrorists attacks. He blamed regional Arab states for financing terrorist groups operating inside Yemen.[57] On 27 March 2015, in response to perceived Houthi threats to Sunni factions in the region, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
along with Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Sudan
Sudan
led a gulf coalition airstrike in Yemen.[58] The military coalition included the United States
United States
which helped in planning of air strikes, as well as logistical and intelligence support.[59] According to a 2015 September report by Esquire magazine, the Houthis, once the outliers, are now one of the most stable and organised social and political movements in Yemen. The power vacuum created by Yemen’s uncertain transitional period has drawn more supporters to the Houthis. Many of the formerly powerful parties, now disorganised with an unclear vision, have fallen out of favour with the public, making the Houthis
Houthis
— under their newly branded Ansar Allah
Allah
name — all the more attractive.[4] Houthi spokesperson Mohamed Abdel Salam stated that his group had spotted messages between UAE and Saleh three months before his death. He told Al-Jazeera
Al-Jazeera
that there was communication between Saleh, UAE and a number of other countries such as Russia and Jordan
Jordan
through encrypted messages.[60] The alliance between Saleh and the Houthi broke down in late 2017,[61] with armed clashes occurring in Sana'a from 28 November.[62] Saleh declared the split in a televised statement on 2 December, calling on his supporters to take back the country[63] and expressed openness to a dialogue with the Saudi-led coalition.[61] On 4 December 2017, Saleh's house in Sana'a
Sana'a
was assaulted by fighters of the Houthi movement, according to residents.[64] Saleh has been killed by Houthis
Houthis
on 4 December.[65][66] Membership and support[edit]

Ansar Allah
Allah
fighters in Yemen, August 2009.

There is a difference between the al-Houthi family, which has about 20 members[41]:102 and the Houthi movement, which took the name "Houthi" after the death of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi in 2004.[citation needed] The Houthis
Houthis
avoid assuming a singular tribal identity. Instead, the group strategically draws support from tribes of the northern Bakil federation, rival to the Hashid federation which had been a traditional ally of the central government. The Houthis’ lack of centralised command structure allows them to generate immense support, as Yemenis from diverse backgrounds have joined their cause.[67] Membership of the group had between 1,000 and 3,000 fighters as of 2005[68] and between 2,000 and 10,000 fighters as of 2009.[69] In 2010, the Yemen
Yemen
Post claimed that they had over 100,000 fighters.[70] According to Houthi expert Ahmed Al-Bahri, by 2010, the Houthis
Houthis
had a total of 100,000-120,000 followers, including both armed fighters and unarmed loyalists.[71] As of 2015, the group is reported to have managed to pick up swaths of new supporters outside their traditional demographics.[44] [72] On 5 February 2016, Iran's PressTV
PressTV
reported that Men of Hamdan, one of Yemen's most powerful tribes, rallied to the north of the capital, Sana'a, vowing to provide support in the form of potential mobilisation for the country's fighters resisting the Yemeni government. In a gathering held in the capital, hundreds of tribesmen from the southern parts pledged union against what they described as a U.S.-Israeli initiative targeting the country, which was being implemented by Saudi Arabia.[73] Ideology[edit] Houthis
Houthis
belong to the Zaidi branch of Islam, also known as Fivers, a sect of Islam
Islam
almost exclusively present in Yemen.[74] Zaydis make up about 25 percent of the population, Sunnis make up 75 percent, and there are also tiny minorities of Muslims who are members of other Shia
Shia
sects — the Ismaili
Ismaili
and Twelver
Twelver
communities. Al-Houthi Zaydis are estimated to make up about 30 percent of the Shiite population, according to Hassan Zaid, secretary-general of the al-Haq opposition party. The Zaydis ruled Yemen
Yemen
for 1,000 years up until 1962. During this time they ferociously defended their independence and fought off foreign powers (Egypt, the Ottomans) who controlled lower Yemen
Yemen
and tried to extend their rule to the north.[45] Similar to Shia
Shia
Muslims in matters of religious law and rulings, the Houthi belief in the concept of an Imamate
Imamate
as being essential to their religion makes them distinct from Sunnis.[75] As of 2014 it has been observed that "The Houthi group's approach is in many ways similar to that of Hizbollah in Lebanon. Similarly religiously based and Iran-backed, both groups follow the same military doctrine and glorify the Khomeini revolution in Iran".[76] As a consequence, the Houthis
Houthis
have regularly been accused, even by many fellow Zaidis, of secretly being converts or followers of the Twelver
Twelver
sect, which is the official religion of their ally and backer Iran.[74][77][78][79]

Ethnoreligious groups in 2002. Zaidi Shia
Shia
followers make up over 42% of Muslims in Yemen.[80]

The Houthis
Houthis
have asserted that their actions are to fight against the expansion of Salafism in Yemen,[77] and for the defence of their community from discrimination, whereas the Yemeni government has in turn accused the insurgents of intending to overthrow the regime out of a desire to institute Zaidi religious law,[81] destabilising the government and stirring anti-American sentiment.[82][83] The Yemeni government has also accused the Houthis
Houthis
of having ties to external backers, in particular the Iranian government.[84] In turn, the Houthis
Houthis
have countered with allegations that the Yemeni government is being backed by al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia.[85][86][87] The discord has led some publishers to fear that further confrontations may lead to an all-out Sunni-Shiite war.[88] Flag and slogan[edit] Main article: Flag of Houthis The group's flag reads as following: "The God Is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam".[89] This motto is partially modelled on the motto of revolutionary Iran, which reads "Death to U.S. and death to Israel".[90] Some Houthi supporters stress that their ire for the U.S. and Israel is directed toward the governments of America and Israel. Ali al-Bukhayti, the spokesperson and official media face of the Houthis, tried to reject the literal interpretation of the slogan by stating that in one of his interview "We do not really want death to anyone. The slogan is simply against the interference of those governments [i.e. U.S. and Israel]".[91] However, in the Arabic Houthi-affiliated TV and radio stations they use religious connotations associated with jihad against Israel
Israel
and the US.[31] They also call Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
a U.S. puppet state.[92] Charges of harassment against Jews[edit] The Houthis
Houthis
have been accused of expelling or restricting members of the rural Yemeni Jewish community. Reports of abuse include Houthi supporters bullying or attacking the country's Jews.[93][94] Houthi officials, however, have denied any involvement in the harassment, asserting that under Houthi control, Jews
Jews
in Yemen
Yemen
would be able to live and operate freely as any other Yemeni citizen. "Our problems are with Zionism and the occupation of Palestine, but Jews
Jews
here have nothing to fear," said Fadl Abu Taleb, a spokesman for the Houthis. But despite insistence by Houthi leaders that the movement is not sectarian, a Yemeni Jewish rabbi has reportedly said that many Jews remain terrified by the movement’s slogan.[94] As a result, Yemeni Jews
Jews
reportedly retain a negative sentiment towards the Houthis, who they allege have committed persecutions against them.[5] According to Ayoob Kara, Houthi militants had given an ultimatum telling Jews
Jews
to "convert to Islam
Islam
or leave Yemen".[95] Leaders[edit]

Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi – former leader (killed 2004) Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi – leader Yahia Badreddin al-Houthi – senior leader Abdul-Karim Badreddin al-Houthi – high-ranking commander Badr Eddin al-Houthi – spiritual leader (died 2010) Abdullah al-Ruzami – former military commander Abu Ali Abdullah al-Hakem al-Houthi – military commander Saleh Habra – political leader[96] Fares Mana'a – Houthi-appointed governor of Sa'dah[97] and former head of Saleh's Presidential committee[98]

Motives and objectives[edit] When armed conflict for the first time erupted back in 2004 between the Yemeni government and Houthis, the then-Yemeni President accused Houthis
Houthis
and other Islamic opposition parties of trying to overthrow the government and the republican system. However Houthi leaders for their part rejected the accusation by saying that they had never rejected the president or the republican system but were only defending themselves against government attacks on their community.[99] Zaidi Shi'ites compose one-third of the population of Yemen
Yemen
and Houthis
Houthis
have often voiced the grievances of the Zaidi population.[8] The group has also exploited the popular discontent over corruption and reduction of government subsidies.[8] According to a February 2015 Newsweek
Newsweek
report, Houthis
Houthis
are fighting "for things that all Yemenis crave: government accountability, the end to corruption, regular utilities, fair fuel prices, job opportunities for ordinary Yemenis and the end of Western influence".[100] Hassan al-Homran, a former spokesperson for Ansar Allah, has said that "Ansar Allah
Allah
supports the establishment of a civil state in Yemen. We want to build a striving modern democracy. Our goals are to fulfil our people's democratic aspirations in keeping with the Arab Spring movement."[101] In an interview with Yemen
Yemen
Times, Hussein al-Bukhari, a Houthi insider, said that Houthis' preferable political system is a republic with elections where women can also hold political positions, and that they do not seek to form a cleric-led government after the model of Islamic Republic of Iran
Iran
for "we cannot apply this system in Yemen
Yemen
because the followers of the Shafi (Sunni) doctrine are bigger in number than the Zaydis."[33] Ali Akbar Velayati, International Affairs Advisor to Supreme Iranian Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, stated in October 2014 that "We are hopeful that Ansar- Allah
Allah
has the same role in Yemen
Yemen
as Hezbollah has in eradicating the terrorists in Lebanon".[102] According to Caleb Maupin, a journalist who participated in a humanitarian mission to Yemen
Yemen
with the Red Crescent Society, the Houthis' political goals are to "assert [Yemen's] independence" and "break Yemen
Yemen
out of Saudi domination."[103] Activism and tactics[edit] Political[edit] During their campaigns against Hadi
Hadi
government, Houthis
Houthis
used civil disobedience. Following the Yemeni government's decision in 13 July 2014 to increase fuel prices,[104] Houthi leaders succeeded in organising massive rallies in the capital Sana'a
Sana'a
to protest the decision and to demand resignation of the incumbent government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
Hadi
for "state-corruption".[105] These protests developed into the 2014-2015 phase of the insurgency. Similarly, following 2015 Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthis
Houthis
which claimed civilians lives, Yemenis responded to the Abdul-Malik al-Houthi's call and took to streets of the capital, Sana'a, in tens of thousands to voice their anger at the Saudi invasion.[106][107] Cultural[edit] The Houthis
Houthis
have also held a number of mass gatherings since the revolution. On 24 January 2013, thousands gathered in Dahiyan, Sa'dah and Heziez, just outside Sana'a, to celebrate Mawlid
Mawlid
al-Nabi, the birth of Mohammed. A similar event took place on 13 January 2014 at the main sports' stadium in Sana'a. On this occasion, men and women were completely segregated: men filled the open-air stadium and football field in the centre, guided by appointed Houthi safety officials wearing bright vests and matching hats; women poured into the adjacent indoor stadium, led inside by security women distinguishable only by their purple sashes and matching hats. The indoor stadium held at least five thousand women — ten times as many attendees as the 2013 gathering.[4] Media[edit] The Houthis
Houthis
are said to have "a huge and well-oiled propaganda machine". They have established "a formidable media arm" with the Lebanese Hezbollah's technical support. The format and content of the group's leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi's televised speeches are said to have been modeled after those of Hezbollah's Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah. Following the peaceful youth uprising in 2011, the group launched its official TV channel, Almasirah. "The most impressive part" of Houthi propaganda, though, is their media print which includes 25 print and electronic publications.[31] Combat and military[edit] In 2009, US Embassy sources have reported that Houthis
Houthis
used increasingly more sophisticated tactics and strategies in their conflict with the government as they gained more experience, and that they fought with religious fervor and courage.[108][109] Armed strength and horizontal escalation of the conflict outside of Yemen[edit]

Situation in March 2012

See also: Houthi insurgency in Yemen Late in 2015, Houthis
Houthis
announced the local production of short-range ballistic missile Qaher-1 on Al-Masirah TV. On May 19, 2017 Saudi Arabia intercepted a Houthi-fired ballistic missile targeting a deserted area south of the Saudi capital and most populous city Riyadh.[110][111][112] Allegations of Iranian support[edit] In April 2015, the United States
United States
National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan remarked that “It remains our assessment that Iran
Iran
does not exert command and control over the Houthis
Houthis
in Yemen".[113] Saudi and former Yemeni officials have claimed that the Houthis
Houthis
have received significant support from Iran
Iran
in the form of weapons, money and training since 2004, while Houthi leadership denies having received weapons or financial support from Iran.[8][114] Also, Tehran has denied allegations of Houthis
Houthis
receiving arms support from Iran.[115] A December 2009 cable between Sanaa and various intelligence agencies disseminated by WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
states that US State Dept. analysts believed the Houthis
Houthis
obtained weapons from the Yemeni black market and corrupt members of the Yemenis Republican Guard.[108] On the edition of 8 April 2015 of PBS Newshour, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the US knew Iran
Iran
was providing military support to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, adding that Washington "is not going to stand by while the region is destabilised".[116] Gulf Arab states have accused Iran
Iran
of backing the Houthis
Houthis
financially and militarily, though Iran
Iran
has denied this, and they are themselves backers of President Hadi.[117] Phillip Smyth of the pro- Israel
Israel
Washington Institute for Near East Policy told Business Insider that Iran
Iran
views Shia
Shia
groups in the Middle East as "integral elements to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)." Smyth confirmed to Business Insider the strong bond between Iran
Iran
and the Houthi uprising working to overthrow the government in Yemen. According to Smyth, in many cases Houthi leaders go to Iran
Iran
for ideological and religious education, and Iranian and Hezbollah
Hezbollah
leaders have been spotted on the ground advising the Houthi troops. These Iranian advisers are likely responsible for training the Houthis
Houthis
to use the type of sophisticated guided missiles fired at the US Navy.[118] For Iran, supporting the revolt in Yemen
Yemen
is "a good way to bleed the Saudis," Iran's regional and ideological rival. Essentially, Iran
Iran
is backing the Houthis
Houthis
to fight against a Saudi-led coalition of Gulf States fighting to maintain government control of Yemen.[119] In 2013, photographs released by the Yemeni government show the United States Navy and Yemen’s security forces seized a class of shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles not publicly known to have been out of state control.[120] According to Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, Fars News Agency, which is the official news agency of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, has admitted to arming Houthis
Houthis
with missiles and training. The agency quoted “a prominent analyst” Seyed Sadeq al-Sharafi as saying that militias “are developing their missile power to target Riyadh and Dubai in the future, after they increased their missile and military capabilities and expanded the range of their military operations against the enemies"[121] In April 2016, the U.S. Navy intercepted a large Iranian arms shipment, seizing thousands of weapons, AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers that likely were headed to Yemen.[122] Also, the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh
Ali Abdullah Saleh
–who had been in conflicts with them for two decades but sought an alliance before switching sides again and his death during the 2017 battle of Sana'a– has accused Iran
Iran
of supporting the Houthi many times. Saleh stated in a New York Times' interview that "The real reason they received unofficial support from Iran
Iran
was because they repeat same slogan that is raised by Iran
Iran
death to America, death to Israel". He also said "The Iranian media repeats statements of support for these Houthi elements. They are all trying to take revenge against the USA on Yemeni territories".[30] However his claims of material support remained unsubstantiated.[123] Thomas Juneau, writing in the journal, International Affairs, states that even though Iran's support for Houthis
Houthis
has increased since 2014, it remains far too limited to have a significant impact in the balance of power in Yemen.[123] Allegations of human rights violations[edit] Houthis
Houthis
have been accused of violations of international humanitarian law such as using child soldiers,[124][125][126] shelling civilian areas,[127] forced evacuations, executions and human shielding.[108][128] According to Human Right Watch, Houthis
Houthis
have inclined up their recruitment of children in 2015. The UNICEF mentioned that children with the Houthis
Houthis
and other armed groups in Yemen
Yemen
comprise up to a third of all fighters in Yemen.[129] Human Rights Watch has further accused Houthi forces of using landmines in Yemen’s third-largest city of Taizz which has caused many civilian casualties and prevent the return of families displaced by the fighting.[130] HRW has also accused the Houthis
Houthis
of interfering with the work of Yemen’s human rights advocates and organizations.[131] The Yemen
Yemen
Times reported that most children working for the Houthis are not combatants.[125] An HRW researcher, quoted in 2009 US embassy report, has downplayed the repeated allegations by the former government of Yemen
Yemen
accusing the Houthis
Houthis
of using civilians as human shields, by saying that they did not have enough evidence to conclude that the Houthis
Houthis
have been intentionally using civilians as human shields.[108][109] Governance[edit] According to the 2009 US Embassy cable leaked by WikiLeaks, Houthis have reportedly established courts and prisons in areas they control. They impose their own laws on local residents, demand protection money, and dispense rough justice by ordering executions. AP's reporter, Ahmad al-Haj argued that the Houthis
Houthis
were winning hearts and minds by providing security in areas long neglected by the Yemeni government while limiting the arbitrary and abusive power of influential sheikhs. According to the Civic Democratic Foundation, Houthis
Houthis
help resolve conflicts between tribes and reduce the number of revenge killings in areas they control. The US ambassador believed that the reports that explain Houthi role as arbitrating local disputes were more likely than the sinister[unbalanced opinion?] suggestions.[108][109] Areas under administration[edit]

Map last updated 30 January 2015

The Houthis
Houthis
exert de facto authority over the bulk of North Yemen. North Yemen
Yemen
was united with South Yemen
Yemen
in 1990; the Yemen
Yemen
government has repeatedly suppressed separatist protests by force.[132] The Houthis' direct administration includes the following territories:

All of Saada Governorate[97] All of 'Amran Governorate[133] Majority of Al Jawf Governorate,[134] including:

Al Hazm District (presence)[135] Al Maton District[136][137] Az Zahir District[136][138] Al Matammah District[136]

All of Hajjah Governorate[139] Majority of Sana'a
Sana'a
Governorate including strong presence in:

Arhab District (partial control)[140]

All of Dhamar Governorate[141] All of Al Mahwit Governorate[142] All of Raymah Governorate[143] All of Ibb Governorate[144] Majority of Al Hudaydah Governorate[145] Majority of Al Bayda Governorate[146]

References[edit]

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Official website Former website Unofficial website for the "Ansarullah Information Center" "Interview with exiled Houthi". Counterpunch. 3 February 2015. Archived from the original on 12 October 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2015.  John Pike. "al-Shabab al-Mum?en / Shabab al-Moumineen (Believing Youth)". Global Security. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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Yemeni Civil War (2015–present)

Timeline of the Yemeni Civil War Part of the Yemeni Crisis
Yemeni Crisis
(2011–present)

Background

Houthi insurgency in Yemen Houthi takeover in Yemen Aftermath of the Houthi takeover in Yemen Battle of Sana'a
Sana'a
(2014)

Battles and attacks

Shabwah Governorate offensive (2014–present) Battle of Aden Airport 2015 Sana'a
Sana'a
mosque bombings Ma'rib Campaign Battle of Dhale Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen Battle of Aden (2015) Abyan campaign (March–August 2015) Lahij insurgency Saudi–Yemeni border conflict (2015–present) Shabwah campaign (March–August 2015) Battle of Mukalla (2015) Battle of Taiz (2015–present) September 2015 Ma'rib Toshka missile attack Aden unrest (2015–present)

October 2015 Aden missile attack 2015 Aden car bombing Aden Christian attack 2016 Aden car bombing 23 May 2016 Aden bombings August 2016 Aden bombing December 2016 Aden suicide bombings

Zinjibar and Jaar December 2015 Taiz missile attack Nihm Offensive Battle of Port Midi Hadramaut Insurgency Southern Abyan Offensive (2016) Abyan conflict (2016-2017) Battle of Mukalla (2016) May 2016 Yemen
Yemen
police bombings June 2016 Mukalla attacks 2016 Sana'a
Sana'a
funeral air raid Raid on Yakla Raid on Al Hathla Battle of Sana'a
Sana'a
(2017) Battle of Aden (2018)

Reactions

Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen Blockade of Yemen Yemeni peace process

Impacts

Famine in Yemen 2016–17 Yemen
Yemen
cholera outbreak Airstrikes on hospitals in Yemen

Belligerents

Mansur Hadi
Hadi
government

Pro- Hadi
Hadi
security forces Saleh loyalist defectors Al-Islah Popular Resistance Popular Committees Southern Movement Southern Transitional Council Republican Guard

Houthis
Houthis
government

Supreme Political Council Houthis Pro-Saleh forces Supreme Revolutionary Committee

People

Mansur Hadi
Hadi
government

Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi Mahmoud al-Subaihi Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar Khaled Bahah Hussein Arab Ahmed Saleh Tareq Saleh

Houthis
Houthis
government

Saleh Ali al-Sammad Mohamed al-Atifi Mohammed Ali al-Houthi Hussein Khairan Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi Ali Abdullah Saleh

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Muslim Brotherhood
(FJP) National Association for Change National Democratic Party National Salvation Front Revolutionary Socialists Shayfeencom The Third Square Ultras Ahlawy

Libya: National Liberation Army National Transitional Council

Mauritania: February 25th Movement

Saudi Arabia: Women to drive movement CDHRAP Society for Development and Change

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Regional Command National Command

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Yemen: Alliance of Yemeni Tribes Al-Islah Hashid Houthis General People's Congress Hiraak

Notable people

Women in the Arab Spring

Algeria: Abdelaziz Bouteflika Ahmed Ouyahia

Bahrain: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Hasan Mushaima Ali Salman Ali Jawad al-Sheikh

Egypt: Hosni Mubarak Omar Suleiman Mohamed Hussein Tantawi Ahmed Nazif Ahmed Shafik Wael Ghonim Kamal Ganzouri Khaled Mohamed Saeed Gihan Ibrahim Essam Sharaf Mohamed ElBaradei Mohamed Morsi Hesham Qandil Bassem Youssef

Jordan: King Abdullah II Marouf al-Bakhit Samir Rifai

Libya: Muammar Gaddafi Saif al- Islam
Islam
Gaddafi Mustafa Abdul Jalil Mahmoud Jibril Mohammed Nabbous

Mauritania: Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf

Morocco: Mohammed VI Abbas El Fassi

Saudi Arabia: Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Khaled al-Johani Manal al-Sharif Nimr al-Nimr

Sudan: Omar al-Bashir Hassan al-Turabi

Syria: Bashar al-Assad Muhammad Naji al-Otari Adel Safar Riyad Farid Hijab Wael Nader al-Halqi Maher al-Assad Burhan Ghalioun Moaz al-Khatib Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb

Tunisia: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Mohamed Ghannouchi Moncef Marzouki Rashid al-Ghannushi Fouad Mebazaa Beji Caid Essebsi Hamadi Jebali Mohamed Bouazizi Chokri Belaid

United Arab Emirates: UAE Five

Yemen: Ali Abdullah Saleh Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi Tawakkol Karman Abdul Majeed al-Zindani Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar Sadiq al-Ahmar Abdul-Malik al-Houthi Mohammed Ali al-Houthi

Impact

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2011 2012

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