On March 26, the Saudi-backed Yemeni Special Security Forces (SSF) announced that its units had uncovered a cell working for the Houthis in the central city of Ma’rib.
Brig. Gen. Salim al-Sayaghi, Commander of the SSF in Ma’rib, said that the cell’s hideout, which was located near Ma’rib city, was successfully raided by security units.
“For a while, security services monitored the movements of the cell and gathered information on all of its contacts, until it raided the cell’s hideout before it could implementing its terrorist plot against civilians,” the commander said in a statement of the official website of the Yemeni Ministry of Interior.
Inside the hideouts, SSF officers seized weapons and military equipment, including a battery for a 9K32 Strela-2 man-portable air-defense system, four barrels for a PK-type 7,62 mm heavy machine gun and what appears to be a 60 mm commando mortar cannon.
Last month, Ma’rib Police uncovered an alleged program by the Houthis secret service to recruit women and children to carry out attacks in the Saudi-held city.
The Houthis are currently leading a large-scale offensive in Ma’rib. The Yemeni group’s fighters are advancing towards the city, despite the fierce resistance of Saudi-backed forces. The recent claims of Houthi activities inside the city may be true. Nevertheless, no solid evidence has been presented yet.
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