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Once again, Saudi militias fight eachother in Taiz

In what is becoming somewhat of a routine occurrence in Saudi-occupied Taiz province, several Saudi-backed militias have violently clashed once again, killing one another’s members in a wave of violence.

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SANA’A – In what is becoming somewhat of a routine occurrence in Saudi-occupied Taiz province, several Saudi-backed militias have violently clashed once again, killing one another’s members in a wave of violence.

According to sources quoted by Yemen Press Agency, colonel Mansour al-Hassani, head of the so-called 22nd Mika Brigade and a follower of ousted former pro-Saudi president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, was killed by armed gunmen loyal to Wahhabi warlord Abu al-Abbas.

Abu al-Abbas is the commander of the biggest takfiri terrorist organisation within Taiz, and was a key member of the pro-Hadi forces that were supported by the Saudi coalition since March 2015. He is also known as a sympathiser, and some sources say even member, of Al-Qaeda and even ISIS. However, this has not stopped him from being included in the coalition of mercenary units and death squads that have held sway over much of Taiz since the Saudi coalition overran the province in 2015.

However, much like with the South Yemen Movement and the Islah Party, relations between the Abu al-Abbas militias and the Saudi-backed regime of Hadi seem to have soured in recent times, leading to bloody clashes.

According to a local source, the recent bout of fighting broke out when pro-Hadi soldiers stormed administrative and military buildings Taiz in order to expel the of Abu al-Abbas militias from the area. While not much is known of the outcome, reports do say that high-ranking pro-Hadi officer Mansour al-Hassani was killed alongside many of his personal bodyguards.

Historian specializing in Arab history, Islamic studies and geopolitical analysis. Active in the anti-imperialist movement in Belgium

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