Qatar, with support and coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian regime, has adopted plans to weaken the Arab Coalition in Yemen and to distort the image of the participating countries in it by creating strife and divisions among them to relieve the pressure on the Houthi group, which realized that its fall is much connected with Trump decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal and the return of tougher sanctions on Iran, The main backer of the Houthi coup.

Qatar began its plans through the media by inciting the Yemeni, Arab and international public opinion against the two main forces in the Arab Coalition for the Restoration of Legitimacy in Yemen, namely the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, through the use of a number of figures and symbols loyal to the Iranian regime and Houthi, most notably the journalist, Mokhtar al-Rahbi, who is accused of stealing the salaries of his staff involved with him in these schemes, which was the reason for unveiling and thwarting his plans by the Yemeni people.

The Qatari regime used Mukhtar al-Rahbi and other journalists of the Muslim Brotherhood to form four media teams within the project funded by Doha in Turkey, Cairo, Marib and Aden to target the UAE and Saudi Arabia in media and to incite Yemeni and Arab public opinion against them and in favor of Houthi.

All those involved in this scheme belong to the Muslim Brotherhood who run some 11 news sites with Gulf names, and dozens of pages on social media websites with aliases. These groups are responsible for disseminating offensive publications against the Arab Coalition countries, especially the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Southern Transitional Council, on social media and in newspapers and media platforms loyal to them at home and abroad. Each member of these groups receives $ 1,200 a month, which is provided from the treasury of the Qatari regime, which is distributed through al-Rahbi, who was later accused of stealing part of these salaries, which angered some of his employees who publicly exposed him on social media.

The Houthi group along with security and military elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are responsible for securing the movements of the members of these four media groups, providing them with false information to attack the Coalition countries and whitewashing Houthi activities. The aim of these schemes is to spread rumors, propaganda and misinformation that are unfounded in the Yemeni society in order to incite hatred towards the Coalition countries, specifically the UAE, and to launch media campaigns against the Southern Transitional Council as well as giving future scenarios that suggest the imminent victory of al-Houthi, in addition to an alleged expansionist ambition of the coalition countries inside Yemen.

On the other hand, Qatar has formed legal and administrative teams to convince the Yemeni government, through its Muslim Brotherhood’s agents, to internationalize some of the activities of the Coalition countries in Yemen and to file a claim to the Security Council against these acts after forging them and misrepresenting them from their true course and noble objectives. These malignant plots were immediately exposed after the reality proved the falsity of these schemes and the unfounded information and perceptions, and that they are mainly aimed to incite and to relieve the pressure on the Houthi group. Everyone knows that those behind these schemes are the Muslim Brotherhood and the agents of the Qatari and Iranian regime, the worst enemies of the Yemeni people and the rest of the Arab peoples.

Al-Rahbi turned into a card in the hands of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood to pass their projects through the local media and to distort the image of the Arab Coalition in Yemen. He worked with a cell from within the legitimate government for the Qatari and Turkish projects, including Ahmad al-Hasani and government spokesman Rajeh Badi, who is the director of the Anatolia office, who frequently travels to Doha to take instructions and obtain funds to implement the Qatari plans in Yemen. However, unveiling these schemes and exposing them by activists on social media was behind their fall and deactivation.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

13 May 2018