TRANSLATED: Saudi royal fam. owned daily says Houthis in Yeman now control SCUDs targeting Gulf states
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On December 11, the Saudi-owned, London-based Asharq al-Awsat daily newspaper carried the following report by its correspondent to Sanaa, Arafat Madabesh: “Asharq al-Awsat learned from well-informed Yemeni military sources that the missile systems belonging to the Yemeni army are now under the control of the Houthis, who are also controlling the Dulaimi strategic air base in Sanaa in addition to the international airport in the capital.
“A Yemeni military source said that the Houthis are now in control over more than two thirds of the army’s ground, air and marine forces and the most important military passageways. He added that “the majority of the military and political officials are quasi-besieged in their homes including President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, whose missions now merely revolve around fulfilling the protocol with no real important missions for the time being.”
“The Houthis are currently fully controlling the processes of appointment and sacking [of staff members] in the security and military institutions. The military source told Asharq al-Awsat that “the Houthis fired a large number of soldiers from the interior and defense ministries and replaced them with members from their militias that are currently controlling the capital Sanaa.”
“According to the pieces of information provided by the sources of the Yemeni armed forces to Asharq al-Awsat, 99% of the Yemeni weapons’ arsenal is Russian made. The sources added that the danger lies in the fact that the Houthis have seized the Scud missiles that are directed against specific targets in the region thus representing a major threat to the neighboring Gulf States…
“A Yemeni military source told Asharq al-Awsat that the Houthis are running all the military and security institutions; and recruiting thousands of their own members instead of the army and security members. Meanwhile, the Yemeni government and the presidential institution are in a situation resembling house arrest with no ability to control the country’s affairs. The Houthis are also closely searching all the cars in the streets and everyone going to the airport.
“The Houthis are also searching the airplanes in their civil attire and weapons in addition to the passengers’ luggage including diplomats’ luggage, knowing that this is an internationally banned action. Local sources indicated that military delegations with several different nationalities are accessing Sanaa without the knowledge of the Yemeni authorities, moving between a number of governorates under the supervision of the Houthis, then leaving Sanaa and the governorates the same way they entered…”