Yemen's Houthis Augment Their Forces in Al-Jawf

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-05-06 10:17 AM UTC


The Ansar Allah (Houthi) group has moved to the stage of preparation for war in Al-Jawf province, which borders Saudi Arabia and is adjacent to Yemen's oil-rich Marib province, military sources in Al-Jawf told Sheba Intelligence today.

Sheba Intelligence obtained a video and photos of a force of 400 Houthi fighters who arrived in Al-Jawf recently, likely preparing to launch fresh attacks. It is not known whether the attacks will be conducted on Yemeni-Saudi border areas or will target the oil and gas areas in Safer in Marib.

Al-Jawf province saw extensive movements of Houthi forces over the past few months under the supervision of experts from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, where operations rooms were opened, a large number of weapons were stored, missile and drone systems were deployed, and long tunnels were dug, according to the sources.

The sources indicated that the forces that recently arrived in the province headed east and settled on the Al-Jadafar front, a strategic military area that was the starting point for previous Houthi attacks on Marib.

On April 20, Sheba Intelligence obtained information about a Houthi military meeting in the Al-Mithaq Institute building in Al-Hazm city in Al-Jawf province. Experts from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, led by a person called Abu Rashad Shahban, attended the meeting. The meeting discussed preparations for large-scale military operations.


Among those who attended the meeting were Iranian experts such as Masoud Al-Khali, Muhammad Zaher Shahban, Abdul Ilah Abu Zaher, Gibran Al-Jubrani, And Mohammed Khalil. It is not known if these are their real names or pseudo.

Since November last year, the Houthi authorities opened camps in all the provinces to attract volunteers "to fight against America and Israel". Thousands of recruits received military training.

Observers say that the Houthi group will likely use the newly recruited force and attempt to control the oil and gas areas in Marib and Shabwah.