During the start of his mission to monitor the ceasefire in Hodeidah, Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert was seen sitting with a member of the Houthi militia leader who was wearing a uniform belonging to the Yemeni army.
The militant leader in question is Abu Ali al-Kahlani, who was photographed wearing a Yemeni military uniform with the rank of colonel. He is currently on a wanted list and has worked on the personal protection team of Houthi militia leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi.
Al-Kahlani is just another example of how the militants are presenting themselves to the UN mission as the local authority charged with protecting the security in Hodeidah.
According to sources in Hodeidah, the militias have begun a series of early measures to reinforce its presence by ordering their elements to wear the Central Security and police uniforms, painting their vehicles and cars with the military colors, deploying fighters with the military uniforms in police stations and Hodeidah port.
They have reportedly issued fake identification cards for Saada citizens to be citizens of Hodeidah as well.