Despite the agreement between the committed Arab coalition and the Houthis, part backed by the militias of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, with UN sponsorship during the second Geneva negotiations to extend the ceasefire for another week and form a committee of the various parties to monitor this ceasefire, which is to be a military committee familiar with the battle field and any potential violations, the moment the rebels and Saleh's forces returned from the Geneva meeting they were already playing a different tune and abandoned and ignored all the statements which were the outcome of the negotiated points that the parties had already agreed on.
An exaggerated statement containing several obvious fallacies has been issued by the Houthis, who said that the war will not stop on their part, and that they have bombed the coalition's forces in more than one area, and intend to continue unabated their suicidal actions and strange madness. The reaction to be expected from the Arab coalition came with firmness, in response to the actions carried out by the Houthis in breach of their truce.
On this occasion, after they gave the aggressors such a great opportunity, the Coalition forces had to provide a decisive response which would put an end to the Houthis’ futility. Accepting the outcome of the Geneva negotiations cannot be considered a weakness from the coalition's side, which liberated most of Yemen’s territory, and neither can it be considered a victory for the Houthis, who have lost all of this territory, leaving in their hands just a few provinces in which they suffer from internal resistance and coalition strikes which limit their capacity. Despite this, they continue in their arrogance and pretending cohesion.
The Coalition response to these breaches was firm and resounding. It was able to liberate new areas including strategic mountains lying on the outskirts of Sanaa which led some observers to predict an imminent liberation from the grip of the Houthis. If this were to happen it would mean an inevitable end for the Houthis and to the chaos they caused in Yemen in all its forms.
Propaganda and rumours wars are now the last weapon left for the Houthis and their supporters at home and abroad. They conjectured that firing a ballistic missile to the Saudi border could bring about victory, despite the fact that the Saudi defences have already intercepted that type of missile before it reached its goal and reduced it to scattered debris, which everyone saw on TV. However, the Houthis' rumour war, which is led by the Iranian Safavid state, claimed that seventy seven missiles were launched and successfully reached their targets! Imagine that seventy seven rockets were dropped in one place and yet there is still life there!
The rumour war and the lies adopted by the Houthis and their supporters to raise their morale in the battlefield, after the apparent defeats that caused many members of the military to revolt against their leaders, do not stop at any limit. On a daily basis they say that they have bombed various locations, even claiming once that one of their rockets killed hundreds of coalition soldiers in just one location.
These rumours run counter to a funny field reality, as the Houthis appeared frightened, especially in the capital Sanaa where they set up hundreds of checkpoints where every individual is inspected thoroughly, while their patrols are defecting and being killed by the resistance fighters in the city. The Houthis completely lost their senses as well after the last Geneva deal prevented them from controlling relief aid and forced them to open a corridor for its circulation, especially in Sanaa and Taiz. Relief aid was the Houthis’ special weapon; by it they can buy loyalties after forcing people into miserable situations.
The countdown to end of the Houthis’ organization has already begun, and what they do now in the battlefield and in the eyes of the media is just a clear indication of how desperate they are and how close to their end they are in the face of the Arab Decisive Storm which is drawing ever closer to the capital Sanaa.
Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre
23- December -2015