Mobilization of the Houthis in Yemen: Preparing to Participate in the Hamas-Israel Conflict

In northern Yemen, controlled by the Houthis, a mass mobilization has been announced. This movement aims to prepare fighters for potential participation in the conflict between Hamas and Israel. A member of the Houthi political bureau, Huzam al-Assad, reports the start of mobilization across Yemen’s provinces, focusing on training young volunteers for military action.

The Houthis, a Shiite Islamic movement, began their activities in the 1990s as a response to social, economic, and religious marginalization in Yemen. They have been actively involved in the civil war that started in 2014 with the capture of the capital, Sana’a. The movement is often linked to Iran and is considered part of a broader “axis of resistance” in the Middle East.

Al-Assad emphasized that the Houthis’ participation in the conflict depends on the ability to cross into the Gaza Strip. The political situation in Yemen has remained tense since 2011, following the “Arab Spring” and the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since 2014, the country has been engulfed in a civil war, where the Houthis oppose forces supported by Saudi Arabia.

The Houthis are ready to join the conflict on the side of Hamas, reflecting their desire to extend their influence beyond Yemen and become involved in broader conflicts in the Middle East. This also highlights Iran’s ongoing influence in the region. However, their potential participation in combat against Israel carries potential risks for regional stability and international security.