Sources: The head of the Houthi military committee is directly responsible for the siege of Taiz

English - Saturday 04 June 2022 الساعة 09:47 am
Sana'a. NewsYemen, special:

Despite the announcement of the agreement to extend the truce sponsored by the United Nations for an additional two months after the end of the first truce that began in early April, the Houthi militia, the Iranian arm in Yemen, has so far refused to lift the siege on the city of Taiz and open the Hawban road, which is the main and most important artery  Which connects the city of Taiz and the rest of its districts with other governorates.

Six years ago, the Houthi militia continued to impose a siege on the city of Taiz and cut off the Al-Hawban road, the eastern port of the city, which connected the capital of the governorate with the rest of the other governorates and allowed the movement of citizens inside the city within only a quarter of an hour, so that every citizen of Taiz city or its districts connected to the city must travel the distance  To the Al-Hawban area in about eight hours, which causes the biggest tragedy and humanitarian disaster inside Yemen, especially since Taiz governorate is the most populous governorate in Yemen, with a population according to 2014 estimates of more than six million people living more than two and a half million, including the city of Taiz, the capital of the governorate.  

The ongoing negotiations between the two military committees that represent the legitimate government led by the Presidential Command Council and the Houthi militias, which took place in the Jordanian capital, Amman, did not witness any final agreements regarding lifting the siege on the city of Taiz and opening the Hawban road, while the information received from the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, Muscat, confirmed  The Swedish UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, interviewed Houthi militia negotiators, including members of the Military Committee, led by Major General Yahya Al-Razami, that the issue of lifting the siege on Taiz is still lingering, and that the militias are still insisting on proposals to open alternative routes to the Hawban port.

Sources close to the Houthi militia told NewsYemen: The head of the Houthi military committee, Major General Yahya Al-Razami, repeated during the Muscat meetings the same ideas regarding the proposals to open alternative roads in Taiz, continuing the militias' refusal to respond to the demands to open the Houban port on the pretext that the militias have military and security concerns about opening this  port.

According to the sources, the militias deliberately appointed the so-called Major General Yahya Al-Razami, who is responsible for the militia elements that are directly besieging Taiz, and who is directly responsible for managing the siege process and closing the Al-Hawban port, as well as being responsible for managing the elements and the military and security leaders that manage the militias’ authority in the Al-Hawban area.  It is responsible for managing the authority in the districts of Taiz under the control of the militias, as the Al-Hawban area has become the center of the various headquarters of government institutions and interests in the governorate of Taiz and its districts under the control of the Houthis.

The sources also indicated that Al-Razami is one of the military leaders of the militias from the governorate of Saada and the brother of the prominent Houthi leader Abdullah Al-Razami, who was the assistant to the founder of the Houthi militia, Hussein Al-Houthi.  Or the army of the legitimate government.

The sources told NewsYemen: Al-Razami is known for his hard-line stance and his refusal to lift the siege on Taiz or open the Hawban port.  Which is the main eastern port of the city and the easiest, least time and costly road, which connects Taiz with the rest of the governorates, especially Ibb, Dhamar, Sana'a, Lahj and Aden.  He believes that agreeing to open the Houban port will contribute to the militias losing their strongest card in stifling Taiz.  And preventing its resistance or the legitimate national army from continuing the battle to liberate it from the control of the militias, which Al-Razami believes that if the liberation of the city of Taiz is completed to reach Al-Hawban, this will constitute a contributing factor in opening the way to the liberation of Ibb governorate later and the militias losing their advantage in the military, security and administrative presence  in Taiz and Ibb.