Training Camps for Saudi Dissidents Opened in Yemen

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-04-06 11:40 PM UTC


Sources in Sanaa told Sheba Intelligence that a member of the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group intelligence was lately captured by Saudi security, causing confusion within the group.

The sources indicated that the confusion within the Houthi security apparatus was due to this person's possession of accurate information about tunnels dug by the Houthis on the Saudi-Yemen borders.

The captured Houthi member also has information about arms deals and weapon smuggling routes to Najran in Saudi Arabia.

According to the source, this matter will make it easier for Saudi security to control the smuggling routes and arrest smugglers, which means years of Houthi planning and efforts will be in vain.

Over the past years of war, the Houthis have established operations rooms, training camps, and missile and drone launch centers on the border with Saudi Arabia. They repeatedly launched maneuvers and surprise attacks against the Saudi border forces.

The sources indicated that since their control of the capital, Sanaa, the Houthis have participated in smuggling Saudi opposition figures from southern Saudi Arabia and are training groups of them in camps in Saada and Sanaa.

Sheba Intelligence obtained the names of a group of Saudi dissidents whom the Houthis smuggled to Yemen. Those Saudis were handed over intellectual, financial, and military files. Only one Saudi dissident has been shown in the Yemeni media, but the activities of other Saudi dissidents in Yemen remain secret.

The Houthis lately celebrated an opposition member called  Ali Hashem from the Saudi Qatif region. He was received in Sanaa and allowed to post pictures and videos of his activity.

Saudi citizen Ali bin Hashem bin Salman Al-Hajji is considered a Shiite dissident who settled in Lebanon in 2018, and he threatened to blow up the Saudi embassy in Beirut in August 2022.

He moved to Yemen's North, where the Houthis officially received him, and the leader, Ali Al-Hakim, gave him his personal weapon, showing his appreciation.

The other character who is also being polished is Hamad Nasser Misfer Al-Yami, as the Houthis and the Iranian proxies are looking to support this person to form a Shiite armed group in Najran of southern Saudi Arabia. Al-Yami tried to attract some Saudi Shiites to recruit them in the Houthi camps. His activities are currently unknown.


Among the Saudi opposition members who also joined the Houthi group is businessman Mardhi Abdullah Suwaid Al Mansour. The Saudi  saudi directory shows that Al Mansour has a contracting company in Najran, but the directory does not reveal whether the company is still operating or not. .

Information indicates that Al Mansour settled a few years ago in the Al Humaidan area in Saada under the protection of a Houthi leader called Abu Ali Qursan. There is no updated information about him, but he is likely financing Saudi dissidents.

The other figure is Nasser Hadi Ali Al Marqan. He is also a businessman, and the  Riyadh directory showed his name on a contracting establishment in Najran, but it has no address.


Al Maqran lived in a villa in the capital, Sana'a, and the person responsible for protecting him was a member of the Security and Intelligence Service called Abu Kadhim. Al Maqran appeared during Houthi celebrations as the sheikh of the Najran delegation.


Al-Marqan is a recruitment supervisor and travels with Houthi leaders between Sanaa, Saada, and Ibb. He prepared a training camp for young Saudi Shiites in Saada.


There are other Saudi opposition figures supported by the Houthis whose role is not known, such as Ali Mufleh Muhammad Al-Rubaie, who settled in the Saada region and bought a house for him through Sheikh Gibran Al-Razhi, a member of the Houthi Shura Council. Moreover, Saudi opposition figure Hamad bin Hussein Saleh Al Ragheeb reportedly stayed with Sheikh Dhaifallah Rassam, one of the sheikhs of Al-Jawf who supports the Houthis.

These end of such activities remain subject to a peace agreement between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia.


However, it seems that the Houthi escalation in the Red Sea, fronts inside Yemen, and on the border with Saudi Arabia indicates that peace is still distant and that the return of war is the most likely scenario.