Disputes among Houthi leaders overthrow directors of security, intelligence and judiciary apparatus

The disputes between the leaders of the Iran-backed Houthis have surfaced, during the past days, to rise significantly and include a number of Yemeni governorates under the control of the militias, overthrowing the directors and employees of the Security and Intelligence Service and the judiciary apparatus.

Private sources told Khabar Agency that the Houthi disputes expanded between leaders in the capital Sana'a, which rose to reach Abdul Karim Amir Al-Din al-Houthi, appointed as Minister of Interior, and Abdul Hakim Al-Khaiwani, appointed as head of the Security and Intelligence Service, and it even reached to the judiciary apparatus and the director of the Al-Mashat office, Ahmed Hamed.

According to the sources, the disputes began between the so-called Preventive Security Services led by Ahsan Al-Humran, and the Security and Intelligence Services led by Abdul Hakim Al-Khaiwani, against the background of the conflict over the tasks and powers granted to each of them, to intensify more to the extent that they reached kidnappings, eliminations, and a struggle for decision-making positions between the leaders of the two agencies.

The disputes escalated sharply, to include the Supreme Judicial Council headed by Ahmed Yahya Al-Mutawakel, accusing him of standing directly with the security and intelligence apparatus, and that the judiciary follows the security and intelligence and does not follow Al-Mashat. As a result, the leader of the group, Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, intervened and worked to calm the situation temporarily, after which prominent leaders were overthrown and others were replaced.

The sources said that tensions still exist between the leaders of the Houthis in those agencies.