- Media Follow-up Section
Arab newspapers discussed the battle of Marib, which has been going on for nearly three months, without resolution, and the positions of the various Yemeni parties as well as external parties regarding the Houthi’s attempts to control the city.
Kuttab believes that there is Houthi insistence on controlling the city “to use it as a negotiating card in any peace talks.”
While others criticize the Yemeni government headed by Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi regarding the course of the battle of Marib, as they see his priority as remaining in his position without undertaking any reform to confront the Houthis.
Some point out that the recent Saudi and Iranian positions “have revived hope for a peaceful way out of the bloody conflict in Yemen.”
Houthi insistence to control Marib
Sahar Ghanem said in the Yemeni newspaper Al-Mashhad Al-Dawli, “The Houthis’ insistence on militarily controlling the Marib governorate has become a major stumbling block in the face of all Arab and international efforts to end a war that has come to nothing and threaten the security of the region and the world.
Saleh al-Baidani in the London-based Al-Arab newspaper details the dimensions of the Houthi’s eagerness to enter Marib.
He says: “The Houthis are showing stubborn insistence on controlling the Yemeni governorate of Marib before going to any political settlement, given that this governorate will be the reward for the end of the coup that the Houthis seek to legitimize through formal dialogue during which they do not intend to make any concessions, as far as their desire to enhance their military gains.” .
He adds, “Al-Houthi realizes that with the control that has not yet been achieved over Marib, he will be able to completely change the equation, not the equation of war and peace, but the equation within the ranks of legitimacy itself.”
The writer does not believe that the Houthis will stop in the event of controlling Marib at the pre-1990 borders, but rather they will move to quickly take control of Taiz before the battle for Hodeidah is completed.
Ayman Nabil said in the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper that “all the forces fighting the Houthi movement see them as a dangerous enemy and threat, but fighting it is not the priority for which everything else is made fun of; there are all these parties other priorities.”
The writer talks about the priorities of the various parties. Saudi Arabia, for example, “wants a Yemeni army that can fight and defeat the Houthis, but on the condition that it is not strong enough to pose a future threat.”
For President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, “his priority is to remain in office. That is why when the choice is between the institutional reform necessary to defeat the Houthis and retreat before them, he always chooses the second option, because any reform in the armed forces and the state apparatus threatens his“ future. ”
He says that the priority of the Transitional Council “is to separate the south from the north, and if the Houthis are able to topple Marib, the legitimate government will give its last breath, which is the official obstacle to the separation projects.”
“The legitimate government is deficient, as if it has no choice but to succumb to the increasing international pressures with the justifications of the humanitarian situation,” said Yunus Abdel Salam on the Yemeni news site.
He adds, “The legitimate government suffers only from the weakness of its political and military leadership and its laxity in the field.”
He says, “The Yemeni street is counting on a sudden recovery of legitimacy … Without this required recovery, the legitimate government will not reap anything but disappointment on the military or political levels.”
The writer believes that “the Houthi group ignores all calls for peace, and deals with them according to the logic of a foregone conclusion.”
Sanad Al-Sayyadi sees in the Yemeni Ansar Allah website that there is “tremendous noise in the regional and international positions and statements concerned about the fall of the last strongholds of the aggression coalition in northern Yemen, sometimes by crying out of concern for a false and fictitious humanitarian situation, and sometimes by issuing warnings implicit in the military and political threats to Sanaa.”
He points out that there is “talk of illusory victories for the tools of aggression,” and says that the aim is “to try to disrupt the national options and restrain the will of decisiveness in order to prolong the life of aggression and its tools and keep them as a number in the equation.”
On the other hand, Hussein Al-Ezzi says in Yemeni Marib that the Houthis claim that they are about to resolve the battle for Marib through “false positives and making victories and false media fabrications” in order to “evade the demands of the international and humanitarian community of the two coups for an immediate end to the war and escalation against civilians and camps for the displaced in Marib and elsewhere.” … and imposing a fait accompli on the outside and inside to gain time, prolong the military offensive, and keep the option of war as long as possible. “
The writer criticizes the international attitudes towards the Houthi’s attempts to control Marib, and believes that there is “an American green light by launching the hand of the coup d’etat to kill and destroy worse than before.”
Adel Al-Shuja said in the Yemeni newspaper Al-Mashhad Al-Dawli that, “Marib will triumph, and the Yemenis must win Marib, every one of his positions. Marib’s victory is the destruction of the Shiite crescent wall.”
He says that “America today is ostensibly hostile to the militias affiliated with Iran, while it supports them in the interior,” as he believes that America is seeking to “fix the map of the Shiite crescent from Yemen on the way to Qatif in Saudi Arabia.”
He believes that what the American and British envoys are planning “will be dropped by Marib … The issue is a matter of time and time in the interest of Marib because America is accelerating the pace to accomplish what has not been accomplished, so hold on, O Yemenis, as the signs of victory are looming from the succumbing of Saudi Arabia to the American-Iranian project.”
And he says: “American positions are still shaky rhetoric that do not go beyond the scope of denunciation, condemnation and denunciation.”
The London-based Arabs say that “the recent signs of softening recorded in the positions of Saudi Arabia and Iran regarding the relationship between them and the tangible features of calm in the political discourse of the two regional rivals have revived the hope for a peaceful solution to the bloody conflict in Yemen.”