Hail Mary to save the Yemeni people, Marib governorate meets

Rachel Brooks

April 28, 2021 

Image from Marib Governorate Social Media, shows the young people of Yemen called to arms to defend Marib in one last hail Mary stand against the Houthi incursion. 

Governor of Marib General Sultan Al-Arada has held an expanded meeting of the local authority’s leadership to discuss developments and to back the Yemeni National Army, the Marib Governorate reported on April 27. A hostile offensive with a bleak outlook continues to ravage the city of Marib, the last stronghold of Yemen against the Houthi incursion. 

Al-Arada called on the youth of Yemen to join the National Army and defend their future. 

Sultan Al-Arada likewise addressed the issues of the Houthi rebellion’s human rights violations. 

Our defense panel breaks down the situation of Marib, and the humanitarian disaster that is compounded within. 

 

Al-Arada: Houthis must realize that the issue is bigger than pushing groups of children and deluded persons into the battlefronts to capture a hill here or a site there,” said Al-Arada, as he was quoted from the Marib Governorate meeting transcript. 

“The issue today is related to the country, its institutions, history, people and civilization. However, what the Iran-backed Houthis are planning will never be achieved.”

Republic Underground posted a series of seminar notes as experts gave insights and comments on the Yemen crisis, and Marib’s desperate hour. 

 

Al-Arada then sounded a call to arms, and enforced morale among the Marib defense forces. 

#Marib is able to defend itself, and I call on all #Yemenis across the country and battlefronts to redouble efforts and stand together to fight and defeat this militia in order to save the Yemeni people. 

Al-Arada stated that a series of meetings with the Ministry of Defense would be held along with concerned authorities for coordinated efforts and general mobilization against the Houthis. 

Marib’s governor likewise thanked the Saudi forces for their support at this time.

“We thank the Arab Coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their continuous support for the Yemeni people. Their different roles are appreciated by Yemenis,” said the governor. 

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He also praised the governorates for their continued support of Marib.

General Sultan Al-Arada praises the continuous popular support from all governorates for #Marib through the convoys arrived at the governorate, highlighting its great significance and importance in enhancing steadfastness and popular cohesion in the face of the militia,” wrote the Marib Governorate. 

The hour is late in the Marib offensive and the actions of the Marib governorate move a hail Mary rallying call of all the people of the governorate. In a recent Yemen panel, Simone Ledeen, a former assistant of the Secretary of Defense, detailed the Marib defense, and what should happen if the city does not stand.

 

From the panel minutes

“What happens in the event that the Houthis do manage to take Marib over?” asked Tsukerman, noted the stakes that surrounding nations, such as Saudi, will face if Marib is taken.

Ledeen stated that Obama’s decision to join the coalition in Yemen was based on the ground realities of the 2015-era when the IRGC was less involved than it currently is. At that time, Al Qaeda was likewise larger and more active in Yemen than it is today, as Al Qaeda has been significantly reduced due to U.S. regional counterterrorism.

Ledeen stated that Obama’s decision to join the coalition in Yemen was based on the ground realities of the 2015-era when the IRGC was less involved than it currently is. At that time, Al Qaeda was likewise larger and more active in Yemen than it is today, as Al Qaeda has been significantly reduced due to U.S. regional counterterrorism.

“I think it was the counterterrorism focus for Obama and his administration,” said Ledeen, noting that the Houthis were not expected to advance to the strength of force they have today and that they never would have without the assistance of Iran.

Ledeen likewise stated that Marib, as the oil and gas hub of Yemen, will be a disaster. She was not sure what the plan was if Marib falls, noting that “all of the eggs were in one basket” for a political solution.  Ledeen likewise stated that Marib, as the oil and gas hub of Yemen, will be a disaster. She was not sure what the plan was if Marib falls, noting that “all of the eggs were in one basket” for a political solution. She noted that the political solution will require more pressure, but as the Houthis are not interested in the negotiations, repeat attacks will continue and Marib will fall.