Internal conflicts, assassinations, and tank attacks between Houthis on the rise

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Assassinations have become common between Houthi militias, majorly caused by internal divisions and splits between top leaders.

Those who split from the militias are said to be killed directly in assassination attacks or through blowing up their houses.

Militias in Sanaa attacked the house of Doctor Abbas Mohammed Zaid and stole documents and devices from him.

Abbas Mohammed Zaid is the brother of the 14th most wanted man by the coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen - Hassan Mohammed Zaid, the minister of sport in the Houthi government that is not recognized internationally, and one of the Houthi leaders.

The Zaid family is considered a supporter of Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, and it helped him enter Sanaa in September 2014.

Conflicts and splits have been increasing within the Houthi leadership lately, the biggest such incident happened a few days ago, when Abdul-Malik al-Houthi had a bloody confrontation with the mufti of the Houthi militias in Saada and Majz district specifically.

Houthi militias attacked the house of the mufti with tanks, missiles, and mortar bombs, killing more than 30 people, injuring dozens, and blowing up houses owned by supporters of the mufti.

The Houthi militias are also suppressing demonstrations that went out recently in Sanaa complaining about the plunging living standards, as soaring prices put basic commodities out of reach of many people.

Houthis arrested more than 50 female activists from among the students of Sanaa University, and killed one of the security guards.