Yemeni tribal leader defects from Houthi militias as army advances in Hodeidah

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A senior Yemeni tribal leader in Sanaa has split from the Houthi militias after announcing his dissatisfaction with the situation of Yemeni youth. Sheikh Makhlaf Kamim called on other tribal leaders in Sanaa to not remain silent over Houthi violations in the country.

The Houthis had taken further steps in October to hinder the movement of several tribal leaders and pressure them to provide the militias with more fighters, according to sources.

The president of the self-proclaimed Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi Mashat, also called for the restructuring of a tribal affairs department within the council.

Mashat said that the department would attempt to control tribes, and placing tribal sheikhs loyal to the Houthis as heads of the department so they can mobilize their followers to fight on Houthi fronts.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni National Army forces have gained control of the al-Khamseen road northeast of Hodeidah following vicious battles against the Houthi militias.

The Giants Brigade’s media center stated that they were able to liberate a major roundabout that is located between the al-Khamseen road and the strategic Kilo 16 area, which is considered a key location in Hodeidah. The media center added that army forces continued to move forward on the eastern fronts of the city, controlling a number of Houthi bases resulting in losses in militiamen and weaponry.

The media center added that tense battles are also taking place at the southern entrance of the city and that liberation operations are continuing with the support of the Arab Coalition in several key locations in Hodeidah.

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