For the Houthis, it has been a case of nature combined with nurture.
Marran Mountains is where Houthi militia founder, Hussein Badr Al Deen al-Houthi, died and where the movement’s main military center came up during the first war with Saleh’s regime in 2004.
Located in Heidan district, west of Sadaa, Marran holds great historic and strategic value for the militias.
In other words, the mountains became their natural habitat to wage war from.
After the death of the Houthi founder, militias placed his statue on Marran and claimed the area as sacred. The site was destroyed by the legitimate forces soon after but this only increased the militias’ determination to preserve the land as their own.
Houthi militias stand at a checkpoint in Saada. (AFP)
An armed Houthi militia holds up his gun during a tribal gathering. (AFP)
Houthi militias attend rally. (AFP)
Houthi militia, slings a Kalashnikov assault rifle while manning a checkpoint in Sanaa.(AFP)
Against all odds
Yemeni soldiers wave their weapons in the air on top of a mountain in the northwest Saada province where they are battling Houthi militias. (AFP)
Yemeni soldiers take position in the northwest Saada province where they are battling Houthi militias. (AFP)